R/Officials.getByLastname.R

##' Get a list of officials according to a last name match
##' 
##' This function is a wrapper for the Officials.getByLastname() method of the PVS API Officials class which grabs a list of officials according to a last name match. The function sends a request with this method to the PVS API for all last names given as a function input, extracts the XML values from the returned XML file(s) and returns them arranged in one data frame.
##' @usage Officials.getByLastname(lastName)
##' @param lastName a character string or list of character strings with the last name(s) (see references for details)
##' @return A data frame with a row for each official and columns with the following variables describing the official:\cr candidateList.candidate*.candidateId,\cr candidateList.candidate*.firstName,\cr candidateList.candidate*.nickName,\cr candidateList.candidate*.middleName,\cr candidateList.candidate*.lastName,\cr candidateList.candidate*.suffix,\cr candidateList.candidate*.title,\cr candidateList.candidate*.electionParties,\cr candidateList.candidate*.officeParties,\cr candidatelist.candidate*.officeStatus,\cr candidateList.candidate*.officeDistrictId,\cr candidateList.candidate*.officeDistrictName,\cr candidateList.candidate*.officeTypeId,\cr candidateList.candidate*.officeId,\cr candidateList.candidate*.officeName,\cr candidateList.candidate*.officeStateId.
##' @references http://api.votesmart.org/docs/Officials.html\cr
##' Use CandidateBio.getBio(), Candidates.getByOfficeState(), Candidates.getByOfficeTypeState(), Candidates.getByElection(), Candidates.getByDistrict(), Candidates.getByZip()\cr, Committee.getCommitteeMembers(), Election.getStageCandidates(), Leadership.getOfficials(), Local.getOfficials(), Officials.getStatewide(), Officials.getByOfficeState(), Officials.getByOfficeTypeState(), Officials.getByDistrict() or Officials.getByZip() to get last name(s).\cr
##' 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
##' @author Ulrich Matter <ulrich.matter-at-unibas.ch>
##' @examples
##' # First, make sure your personal PVS API key is saved as character string in the pvs.key variable:
##' \dontrun{pvs.key <- "yourkey"}
##' # get a list of officials with the same last name
##' \dontrun{miller <- Officials.getByLastname(list("Miller","Fine"))}
##' \dontrun{miller}
##' @export


Officials.getByLastname <-
	function (lastName) {

		# internal function
		Officials.getByLastname.basic <- 
			function (.lastName) {
				
				request <-  "Officials.getByLastname?"
				inputs  <-  paste("&lastName=",.lastName,sep="")
				output  <-  pvsRequest4(request,inputs)
				output$lastName <- .lastName
				
				return(output)
				}

		# Main function  
		output.list <- lapply(lastName, FUN= function (y) {
			Officials.getByLastname.basic(.lastName=y)
		}
		)
		
		output.list <- redlist(output.list)
		output <- bind_rows(output.list)

		return(output)
	}
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