In defense of DW-NOMINATE

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Several of the articles in this volume criticize the use of DW-NOMINATE in historical work in American politics and suggest alternative approaches to the use of roll call voting data. While many of criticisms are certainly valid, their practical implications are often overstated. Moreover, the suggested alternatives are either impractical for most historically oriented scholars and or do not adequately address the underlying problems. Almost all of the criticisms can be addressed by correct application of DW-NOMINATE results or those of other closely related measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-184
Number of pages13
JournalStudies in American Political Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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