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Update of chance-corrected measures of foreign policy similarity

An updated version of the FPSIM dataset of similarity measures of foreign policy positions is now available for download download from my Dataverse.

The dataset provides measures of foreign policy similarity of dyads based on alliance ties (Correlates of War, version 4.1) and UN General Assembly voting (Voeten, version 17) for all members of the international system (Correlates of War system membership list, version 5.0). The alliance data cover the time period from 1816 to 2012, and the UN voting data from 1946 to 2015. The similarity measures include various versions of Ritter and Signorino's S (weighted/non-weighted by material capabilities; squared/absolute distance metrics) as well as the chance-corrected measures Cohen's Kappa and Scott's Pi. The measures based on alliance data come in two versions: one is based on valued alliance ties and the other is based on binary alliance ties. For a discussion of the advantages of chance-corrected measures over Ritter and Signorino's S for measuring the similarity of foreign policy positions, see my 2011 article in Political Analysis.

'Consensus Decisions and Similarity Measures in IOs' published in International Interactions

My article on 'Consensus Decisions and Similarity Measures in International Organizations', co-authored with Simon Hug from the University of Geneva, has been published by International Interactions.

Chance-corrected measures of foreign policy similarity for EUGene

The dataset of chance-corrected measures of foreign policy similarity as described in the Political Analysis article 'Choice or Circumstance? Adjusting Measures of Foreign Policy Similarity for Chance Agreement' can now be integrated into Bennett and Stam's data management software EUGene. To incorporate the dataset as 'user data', download the EUGene configuration file and the dataset in CSV format from the FPSIM page and save it into the local "user data sets" subdirectory (normally "c:\program files\eugene\user data sets").

Measurement article published in Political Analysis

My article on 'Choice or Circumstance? Adjusting Measures of Foreign Policy Similarity for Chance Agreement' has now been published in Political Analysis. Political Analysis is a leading methodology journal with the highest five-year ISI impact factor in Political Science. The article is available here.

A replication archive and datasets including all measures of foreign policy similarity discussed in the paper are available on the Measures of Foreign Policy Similarity (FPSIM) page. 

Measurement article in Political Analysis available online now

My article on 'Choice or Circumstance? Adjusting Measures of Foreign Policy Similarity for Chance Agreement' is now available as online pre-publication on the website of Political Analysis

A replication archive and datasets including all measures of foreign policy similarity discussed in the paper are available on the Measures of Foreign Policy Similarity (FPSIM) page. 

Measures of Foreign Policy Similarity (FPSIM) data available for download

To accompany the article 'Choice or Circumstance? Adjusting Measures of Foreign Policy Similarity for Chance Agreement', which will be published in Political Analysis, the new FPSIM page provides a number of dyadic datasets for download with different measures of foreign policy similarity. 

Measurement paper accepted for publication in Political Analysis

My paper on 'Choice or Circumstance? Adjusting Measures of Foreign Policy Similarity for Chance Agreement (12)' has been accepted for publication in the methodology journal Political Analysis. According to the latest ISI Journal Citation Reports, Political Analysis is the journal with the highest 5-year impact factor in Political Science.

A replication archive and datasets including all measures of foreign policy similarity discussed in the paper are available on the Measures of Foreign Policy Similarity (FPSIM) page.

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