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We invite you to join this project as potential Wiley chapter author or article contributor in our peer-reviewed eScholarship journals; Click: Visual Manual for instructions on how to build DEf2 models at http://socscicompute.ss.uci.edu/ Blackwell entrusted Doug White to organize editors for the Wiley Companion to Cross-Cultural Research, along with coeditors Eff and Dow, who collaborated on upgrading their Dow-Eff functions (DEf1) methodology (now DEf2); coeditor Gray, publisher of cross-cultural codes and articles as 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, which include 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 advanced 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/UCI/UCSD working group and Argonne Lab programmer Tom Uram, who installed our software on a complex social science (CoSSci) research gateway that allows our contributors to benefit as well from UCI's LOCAL Dow & Eff gateway, which simplifies and systematizes 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 reviewers and editors for either the Wiley Companion or our eScholarship journals. The Visual Manual (url: http://intersci.ss.uci.edu/wiki/index.php/Visual_Manual) shows how the on-line CoSSci computational system lets you create models of functional relationships online 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. --> Doug: And those who work in R have open access to DEf R scripts (click at: .Dow-Eff_Functions_-_DEf). The CoSSci supercomputer sites at Trestles.sdsc.teragrid and the UCI Galaxy provide high inferential robustness for finished models. Output includes "ToTry" and "DidWell" hints for adding new variables. Software in development will allow models with networks of variables to be fitted to observed-variables path analysis, time-period panel analyses, Bayesian analysis and Pearl's causal graph "blockage" modeling (e.g., potentially causal variables such as the effect of plowing on the degradation of female equality) to measure independent effects of potentially causal paths. These advanced options will require expertise in the R GUI. Visual Manual#Powerpoints will later have illustrative visuals and powerpoints.

Your contributions should serve as outstanding student and professional references, and with help from our editors: (1) as a guide to researchers in using new cutting-edge methods for new results in cross-cultural research with (2) expanded up-to-date versions of the major comparative databases and new studies based upon them. Start your model from the extensive dataset codebooks with a dependent variable, or several, for your topics; DEf will help you with additional independent or context variables. Use online access (links at the bottom of this page) to choose and expand upon a research topic to extend your analyses and commentaries into a chapter or article. Experience with these methods will allow researchers, teachers, and future courses to engage in cross-cultural modeling with solutions for Galton's problem and missing data, and provide fuller quick access to datasets and research results. Contact Doug White if online accounts become necessary, for questions on the online software, and proposals for topics.

Potential Wiley-Companion authors will quickly come to be equipped to use high-quality inferential statistics for their topics and concerns. Taken together, contributors and editors can aim at providing a series of findings that open new questions and provide surveys and critiques of past research from viewpoints in different fields of study. Hopefully these will represent new frontiers of inferential research methods. These chapters, together with those by invited experts in related methodologies, may differ profoundly from conventional correlational, regression, scaling or bivariate factor analysis in comparative research.

Douglas R. White, Editor-in-Chief; Anthon Eff, Malcolm Dow, and Patrick Gray, co-editors
http://eclectic.ss.uci.edu/~drwhite/courses/stdsvars.html for topics:    e.g., start at the topical index of variables 1-2069+ in the sccs 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 EthnoAtlas, Binford forager and Jorgensen WNAI databases are available 
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://SocSciCompute.ss.uci.edu/      use option DEF2 LOCAL DEF2 Dow & Eff Functions2 to enter dependent and independent variables for DEf2 modeling 
Use option DEF2 DEF2 for the permanent UCI/SDSI supercomputer & UCI-UCSD virtual computer sites hosted by UCI, UCSD & NSF-funded XSEDE science gateways
See, e.g.: http://intersci.ss.uci.edu/wiki/index.php/CoSSci_Supercomputer_Gateway#Models_for_v1197_Wi_Mo_Avoidance (An ethnological variable)