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We invite you to join this project as potential chapter author or article contributor in our peer-reviewed eScholarship journals. (See: Invitation letter and To_Potential_Contributors) Blackwell entrusted me (Doug White) to organize editors of the Wiley Companion to Cross-Cultural Research, along with coeditors Eff and Dow, who collaborated on upgrading their Dow-Eff functions (DEf1) methodology; coeditor Pat Gray (editor of World Cultures), who worked with Eff and White to upgrade the Standard Cross-Cultural Sample (SCCS), Ethnographic Atlas (EA), and other datasets and their documentation, including Lewis R. Binford's Forager and Environmental Frame of Reference (LRB-EFR). Amber Johnson joined our group to her project in developing the EFR (339-society) database. She was the chief collaborator of Binford (d.2001). Dow-Eff functions version 2 (DEf2) now applies even better software to the cross-cultural ensemble of the SCCS, EA, WNAI and LRB (EFR) and will include other datasets. White, with his Santa Fe Institute working group and UCI, UCSD and Tom Uram, an Argonne lab programmer, led the installation of DEf on a complex social science (CoSSci) research gateway that allows our contributors to benefit as well from UCI's LOCAL Dow & Eff gateway that simplifies the work of evolving finished models. After 130 years, users are provided with solutions to Galton’s problem, missing data, and inferential statistics that finally put cross-cultural research on a solid footing. Please join us in this new foundational effort. You will have help with your modeling efforts from the editors. A year is provided to complete your manuscript, with feedback from a reviewer and the editors . Your contributions will be reviewed by the editors for either the Wiley Companion or our electronic journals. The (click) Visual Manual shows how the on-line CoSSci computational system lets you create models without an R GUI. Anthon: the R code and instructions for use in an R GUI can be found at http://capone.mtsu.edu/eaeff/Dow-Eff%20functions.html: i.e., those competent in R have open access to the DEf R scripts for a more flexible hands-on approach even if more difficult.

Doug: The CoSSci supercomputer sites at Trestles.sdsc.teragrid and the UCI Galaxy provide high inferential robustness for finished models. Advanced options require expertise in the R GUI. Here, additional software will allow models with overlapping variables to be fitted to path analysis with observed variables and time-period panel analyses. Implementation of Bayesian analysis and Pearl's causal graph modeling will allow potentially causal variables (such as the effect plowing on the degradation of female equality: Visual Manual:Powerpoint) to be "blocked" to measure independent effects of potentially causal paths. An illustrative powerpoint will accompany this invitation.

Your contributions should serve as an outstanding student and professional reference series, with help from our editors: (1) as a guide to researchers in using new cutting-edge methods for new results in cross-cultural research and (2) in expanding up-to-date versions of the major comparative databases and new studies based upon them. Experience with these methods will allow researchers, teachers, and future classes to engage in cross-cultural modeling with solutions for Galton's problem and missing data, and provide vastly fuller and faster access to datasets and research results. A principal way for contributors to participate is to use online access (links at the bottom of this page) to choose and expand on a research topic by means of a few related dependent variables, and engage the new technology to expand the analysis and commentary into a chapter. Please contact Doug White for a research account for the online software and for proposals for topics.

In covering old and new results of major cross-cultural analyses of their choice, the Wiley-Companion authors will quickly come to be equipped to show, for their topics and concerns, how high-quality inferential statistics differ from descriptive statistics that have dominated the field until now. Taken together, contributors and editors can aim at providing a series of findings that open new questions, provide surveys and critiques of past research from viewpoints in different disciplines, and begin to represent the new frontiers of inferential research methods. These advances will help to reorient new intellectual trends in the field, setting new standards for comparative research with imputation of missing data and controls for autocorrelation. These chapters, together with those by invited experts in related methodologies, may differ profoundly from conventional correlational, regression, scaling or bivariate factor analysis.

Douglas R. White, Editor-in-Chief; and Anthon Eff, Malcolm Dow, and Patrick Gray, co-editors
http://eclectic.ss.uci.edu/~drwhite/courses/stdsvars.html for topics:     start at the topical index of variables 1-2069+ in the codebook
http://eclectic.ss.uci.edu/~drwhite/courses/SCCCodes.htm use iExplorer to search for variables from stdsvars.html (2 big 2 print)
 (in addition to SCCS, database codebooks for the Ethno-Atlas and Binford forager databases will be available in summer 2013) 
http://intersci.ss.uci.edu/wiki/index.php/DEf explanation and discussion of DEf software and its applications in the larger context of comparative research
http://SocSciGate.oit.uci.edu      use option EAF1c LOCAL Dow & Eff Functions1 to enter dependent and independent variables for DEf modeling 
Our permanent UCI/SDSI supercomputer & UCI-UCSD virtual computer sites are hosted by UCI, UCSD & the national NSF-funded XSEDE science gateways
See: http://intersci.ss.uci.edu/wiki/index.php/CoSSci_Supercomputer_Gateway#Models_for_v1197_Wi_Mo_Avoidance (An ethnological variable)

Invitation letter