“Travels with MRP: Election Forecasting in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Alabama,” Douglas Rivers, Stanford University

Event time: 
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 12:00pm through 1:15pm
Location: 
Institution for Social and Policy Studies (PROS077 ), A002
77 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Speaker: 
Douglas Rivers, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Professor of Political Science, Stanford University
Event description: 

QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS WORKSHOP

The combination of multilevel regression and post-stratification (MRP) offers a promising alternative to conventional weighting methods for correcting samples for selection bias. There are, however, many practical issues in encountered in real-world applications:

* Models are needed for both turnout and vote choice.
* Vote choice is not dichotomous, even in two candidate elections (some voters are undecided and there are write-ins).
* Selection bias is often not ignorable when conditioning on just demographics.
* Post-stratification targets are usually not available for the cross-classification of the full set of demographic and political variables.

I will describe modeling choices that my colleagues and I have made in five recent elections across the world and how they performed in practice.

Douglas Rivers is Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Chief Scientist at YouGov.

This workshop series is being sponsored by the ISPS Center for the Study of American Politics and The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale with support from the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Fund.

Open to: 
General Public