Category Archives: evidence

People require preregistration, not methods

Many APSA 2016 panels and discussions in the Section on Qualitative and Multimethod Research and the Political Methodology Section were centered on the Data Access and Research Transparency (DART) Initiative (probably worth a blog post of its own). Even panels … Continue reading

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What Homeland has to do with causal inference in process tracing

More often than one might expect, television series and films offer excellent illustrations of methodological and methods-related arguments (which is worth a blog post of its own). When I was working on my paper on comparative hypothesis testing in process … Continue reading

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Frequentist inference and process tracing: an oxymoron?

The methods literature on process tracing took a Bayesian turn in recent years. Bayesian inference, whereby you condition on evidence in order to update your prior confidence in a hypothesis, is presented as a mode of inference one should follow … Continue reading

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Don’t call it causal when it is an observation

In the case study literature, one new pair of terms has been established by the field that concerns the distinction between data set observations and causal process observations. In short, Collier, Brady, and Seawright (2004: Sources of Leverage in Causal … Continue reading

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