Clyde H. Coombs
Born: 22 July 1912
Died: 4 February 1988


Spring Semester AY2002-2003
Department of Political Science
University of Houston
Houston, TX, 77204-3011

Classroom: 344 PGH
Time: 1:00PM - 4:00PM Tuesdays

Instructor: Keith T. Poole

Office: 441A Hoffman Hall
WebSite: Voteview Home Page

The following texts will be used in this course:


This course is intended as an extension of POLS 6382 Advanced Multivariate Statistics. The emphasis will be on dimensional analysis, that is, the measurement of latent dimensions in data matrices. A working knowledge of OLS multiple regression analysis and STATA is required for this course. Students will be required to use two statistical packages -- R and WINBUGS (JAGS). We will also use a variety of "canned" programs that perform various kinds of dimensional analyses.

Grades will be determined by regularly assigned class problems.

Useful Links -- Multidimensional Scaling

2001 Homeworks

First Homework Assignment
Second Homework Assignment
Third Homework Assignment
Fourth Homework Assignment
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Sixth Homework Assignment
Seventh Homework Assignment
Eighth Homework Assignment
Ninth Homework Assignment
Tenth Homework Assignment
Eleventh Homework Assignment

Course Outline

  1. A Geometric Theory of Data

    1. Clyde Coombs' Theory of Data: Similarities and Preferential Choice


  1. What Latent Dimensions are and Why they are Important


Data That R Program To Plot Eigenvalues Reads (Data From OC)
Fourth Homework Assignment

R Program To Plot 107thSenate
Data That R Program To Plot 107th Senate Reads