Running MRP with CCES
This is a set of functions to facilitate running MRP models on CCES data
and is a companion to
The main functions in this package are:
fit_brms()for fitting a multilevel model (or
poststrat_draws()for extracting posterior draws for each area
summ_sims()for obtaining summary statistics from these draws
scatter_45()for clearly visualizing the relationship between the truth and estimate
Steps 1-3 can be done via
See below for a demonstration with an example in the state of Georgia.
This is a simple wrapper around
brms::brm but with some custom priors
and a binomial model as a default.
The two key parts of the workflow is a formula and a data. The formula should be a brms formula with a binary variable in the outcome. The data should be individual level data and have all the variables mentioned in the formula.
form <- response ~ (1|age) + (1 + female |educ) + clinton_vote + (1|cd) cc_voters <- filter(cces_GA, vv_turnout_gvm == "Voted")
Now fit the model.
fit_brms is basically the
brm function, but with
fit <- fit_brms(form, cc_voters, verbose = FALSE) class(fit)
##  "brmsfit"
We can take predicted values from each of the MCMC draws, and aggregate it up to the area of interest.
Here we use the poststratification data to fit on. We use the
built-in data here, but refer to
ccesMRPprep to make a data that
is your own.
drw <- poststrat_draws(fit, poststrat_tgt = acs_GA) drw
## # A tibble: 56,000 x 3 ## cd iter p_mrp ## * <chr> <dbl> <dbl> ## 1 GA-01 1 0.434 ## 2 GA-01 2 0.390 ## 3 GA-01 3 0.397 ## 4 GA-01 4 0.402 ## 5 GA-01 5 0.405 ## 6 GA-01 6 0.473 ## 7 GA-01 7 0.421 ## 8 GA-01 8 0.409 ## 9 GA-01 9 0.424 ## 10 GA-01 10 0.441 ## # … with 55,990 more rows
We often care about the posterior mean and 95 percent credible intervals of the draws.
mrp_val <- summ_sims(drw)
Append the truth and a baseline raw-sample
dir_val <- direct_ests(form, cc_voters, area_var = "cd", weight_var = "weight_post") mrp_val <- summ_sims(drw) %>% left_join(elec_GA, by = "cd") %>% left_join(dir_val, by = "cd")
A wrapper for visualizing the accuracy relationship
scatter_45(mrp_val, clinton_vote, p_mrp_est, lblvar = cd, ubvar = p_mrp_900, lbvar = p_mrp_050, xlab = "Clinton Vote", ylab = "MRP Estimate ")
Compare this with raw estimates:
It may be easier to store the models in long form and show them at once.
# reshape to long mrp_long <- mrp_val %>% select(cd, p_mrp_est, p_raw, p_wt, clinton_vote) %>% pivot_longer(-c(cd, clinton_vote), names_to = "model") # plot scatter_45(mrp_long, clinton_vote, value, by_form = ~model, by_labels = c(p_mrp_est = "MRP", p_raw = "Raw", p_wt = "YouGov Weighted"), xlab = "Clinton Vote", ylab = "Estimate")