Clyde H. Coombs
Born: 22 July 1912
Died: 4 February 1988
POLS 6386 MEASUREMENT THEORY
Spring Semester AY2002-2003
Department of Political Science
University of Houston
Houston, TX, 77204-3011
Classroom: 344 PGH
Time: 1:00PM - 4:00PM Tuesdays
Instructor:
Keith T. Poole
Office:
441A Hoffman Hall
E-Mail: kpoole@ucsd.edu
WebSite: Voteview Home Page
The following texts will be
used in this course:
- Poole, Keith T. 2003. Spatial Models of Legislative Voting.
Manuscript (I will hand out the chapters in class).
- Coombs, Clyde. 1964. A Theory of Data. New York: John Wiley
(Selected Chapters).
- Borg, Ingwer and Patrick Groenen. 1997. Modern Multidimensional Scaling:
Theory and Applications. New York: Springer-Verlag.
- Gill, Jeff. 2002. Bayesian Methods: A Social and Behavioral Sciences
Approach. Boca Raton, FL: Chapman & Hall/CRC.
Requirements
This course is intended as an extension of
POLS 6382 Advanced Multivariate Statistics. The
emphasis will be on
dimensional analysis, that is, the measurement
of latent dimensions in data matrices. A working knowledge
of OLS multiple regression analysis and
STATA is required for this course.
Students will be required
to use two statistical packages --
R and
WINBUGS (JAGS). We will also use a variety of "canned"
programs that perform various kinds of dimensional analyses.
Grades will be determined by regularly
assigned class problems.
Useful Links --
Multidimensional Scaling
2001 Homeworks
First Homework Assignment
Second Homework Assignment
Third Homework Assignment
Fourth Homework Assignment
Fifth Homework Assignment
Sixth Homework Assignment
Seventh Homework Assignment
Eighth Homework Assignment
Ninth Homework Assignment
Tenth Homework Assignment
Eleventh Homework Assignment
Course Outline
- A Geometric Theory of Data
- Clyde Coombs' Theory of Data: Similarities and Preferential Choice
Assignment:
- Coombs, Chapter 1
- Gill, Chapter 1
- Borg and Groenen, Preface and Chapter 1
- Carroll, J. Douglas and Phipps Arabie. 1980. "Multidimensional Scaling."
Annual Review of Psychology. M. R. Rosenzweig and L. W. Porter, eds.,
vol. 31, 1980.
First Homework Assignment
- A Review of Linear Algebra
- Multidimensional Scaling: Introduction
- What Latent Dimensions are and Why they are Important
Assignment:
- Borg and Groenen, Chapters 2, 3, and 4
- Poole, Chapter 1
- Gill, Chapter 2
- Weisberg, Herbert F. 1984. "Scaling Objectives and Procedures." In Theory
Building and Data Analysis in the Social Sciences. Edited by Herbert Asher,
Herbert F. Weisberg, John Kessel, and W. Phillips Shively.
- Weisberg, Herbert F. 1974. "Dimensionland: An Excursion into Spaces." American
Journal of Political Science, 18:743-776.
- Rabinowitz, George. 1975. "An Introduction to Nonmetric Multidimensional Scaling."
American Journal of Political Science, 19:343-390.
Second Homework Assignment
Third Homework Assignment
Fourth Homework Assignment
- An Introduction to Simple Unfolding Analysis
- Poole, Chapter 2
- Borg and Groenen, Chapters 4, 6 - 8
- Poole, Keith T. 1984. "Least Squares Metric, Unidimensional
Unfolding." Psychometrika, 49:311-323.
Fifth Homework Assignment
- Issue Scales and Perceptual Data
Assignment:
- Aldrich, John H. and Richard D. McKelvey. 1977.
"A Method of Scaling with Applications to the 1968 and 1972 Presidential Elections."
American Political Science Review, 71:111-130.
- Poole, Keith T. 2001. "The Relationship Between the Aldrich-McKelvey Scaling Solution
and the Individual Differences Problem." Manuscript, University of Houston.
Sixth Homework Assignment
- Multidimensional Unfolding Analysis
Assignment:
- Why Are There So Few Dimensions?
Assignment:
- Poole, "Changing Minds? Not in Congress!"
- Ekman, Gosta. 1954. "Dimensions of Color Vision." Journal of Psychology,
38:467-474.
- Converse, Philip E. 1964. "The Nature of Belief Systems in Mass Publics."
In David E.Apter, ed., Ideology and Discontent. New York: Free Press.
- Miller, George A. 1956. "The Magical Number Seven, Plus Minus One: Some Limits on
our Capacity for Processing Information." Psychological Review, 63:81-97.
Tenth Homework Assignment
Eleventh Homework Assignment
Twelveth Homework Assignment