(Dis)Trust and the Rise of the Independents?

I wanted to investigate whether there was a relationship between trust and identifying as an Independent over time, using the 1972-2012 General Social Survey data. My dependent variable, independent, comes from the GSS variable partyid, which corresponds to the question “Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a Republican, Democrat, Independent, or what?”…

The Magic of Bayesian Methods for Missing Data

Missing data – it is almost inevitable in any dataset, and a perennial concern to anyone using that data to analyze trends or make decisions.  The frequent “head in the sand” approach, where one just deletes any observations with missing data, is convenient, but most likely not very realistic.  When data is missing, it is…