Author Archives: Xavier Fernández-i-Marín

Five days to start the Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance

After several months co-organizing it, finally next week it will become a reality. The Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance will take place, with a program that includes leading academic lectures (Barbara Koremenos, George Tsebelis and Jonathan Koppell), practitioners, and also … Continue reading

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Reading data from CIS into R

The Spanish Center for Sociological Research (CIS, Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas) provides its data to researchers in SAS and SPSS formats. I will not enter today into to discussion and need to provide publicly funded data in open formats, but … Continue reading

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Catalan elections 2012: evaluating electoral forecasting

I have been tempted to use “The magnitude of the tragedy” as a title for the post, quoting Quim Monzó, a well know catalan writter. Mostly because the impression, the perception, is that nobody predicted such results. So the elections … Continue reading

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Electoral forecasting for 2012 catalan elections: what can go wrong.

So finally election day has come. Let me stress again the historical importance of today’s elections, which can be noticed by the interest of international press (The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, The Wall Street Journal, The Times, … Continue reading

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Final electoral forecasting for catalan elections 2012

After the last 5 polls yesterday we finally have the final forecasting for the catalan elections. Again, it is worth mentioning the historical importance of such elections, both at the Catalan, Spanish and International level. Although the accuracy of the … Continue reading

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Using R to draw maps on country data

When doing research in comparative politics, International Relations or world governance is often convenient to have an idea of the spatial distribution of certain characteristics of countries. Therefore, being able to draw maps is a useful technique that any researcher … Continue reading

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The EU internal enlargement: elections in Flanders, the Scottish referendum and polls for elections in Catalonia and

This weekend three different regions in Europe have coincided to bring the discussion of a hypothetical EU internal enlargement by means of the most elementary tool of democracy: voting. First, local elections in Belgium have been interpreted by the winning … Continue reading

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Processing Stan samples with ggmcmc

Stan is a relative newcomer in the scenario of Bayesian tools aimed at provide samples from posteriors. But despite its novelty, it offers many interesting features for Bayesians. Amongst the features, which will probably be discussed here in the future, … Continue reading

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The seeds of Global Governance

International Governmental Organizations (IGOs) can be thought of as the seeds for a new mechanisms of Global Governance. They represent deals between countries to try to solve diverse issues. Some of them are formed by few countries, and others by … Continue reading

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Processing the Quantification of Samples from a NICI

The program process_nici processes quantification files manually integrated from a gas chromatograph coupled to a mass spectrometer operating in negative ion chemical ionization mode (GC-MS-NICI, 6980N Agilent Technologies) into a meaningful output that can be directly exported to statistical packages … Continue reading

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