This function is a wrapper for the Office.getOfficesByType() method of the PVS API Office class which grabs a list of offices Project Vote Smart keeps track of according to their type. The function sends a request with this method to the PVS API for all office type IDs given as a function input, extracts the XML values from the returned XML file(s) and returns them arranged in one data frame.
a character string or list of character strings with the office type ID(s) (see references for details)
A data frame with a row for each office and columns with the following variables describing the office:
Ulrich Matter <ulrich.matter-at-unibas.ch>
See http://api.votesmart.org/docs/semi-static.html or use Office.getTypes() or Office.getOfficesByLevel() to get a list of office types ID(s).
See also: Matter U, Stutzer A (2015) pvsR: An Open Source Interface to Big Data on the American Political Sphere. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0130501. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130501
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# First, make sure your personal PVS API key is saved as an option # (options("pvs.key" = "yourkey")) or in the pvs.key variable: ## Not run: pvs.key <- "yourkey" # get offices tracked for certain office types ## Not run: offices <- Office.getOfficesByType(list("S","K","L")) ## Not run: head(offices)
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