fsQCA is an R module for conducting Qualitative Comparative Analysis within the R statistical environment. The tar.gz file is for Unix (and, I presume, Apple) installations and the zip file is for Windows. For Windows users: download the file to your computer, start R, and click "Packages -> Install Package from Local Zip" (or whatever it's called). Attach the package by entering library(fsQCA) at the command prompt. I assume that it'll work but haven't checked. I'm bumping the package's state to beta: the package has been subjected to extensive testing and the results are correct. A fair amount of error-trapping (and hopefully-helpful error messages) have been put in place. The package could certainly be a bit more user-friendly and it's still pretty slow (i.e., don't use it for more than a handful of conditions). I'll be addressing these concerns in the next release. Documentation isn't completely up-to-date. Most notably, the routine that checks for necessary conditions (helpfully named nec.conds()) is completely undocumented. So here's the documentation: nec.conds(my_data_set [,outcome.col ,consist.thresh]). If you find any bugs or if the package fails to fail gracefully, please email your data set and command syntax to <email@example.com> and I'll take a look.
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Parent Directory 23-Jun-2009 15:52 - fsQCA_1.2.tar.gz 23-Aug-2008 19:19 33k fsQCA_1.2.zip 28-Aug-2008 23:22 53k fsQCA_1.3.tar.gz 29-Jan-2009 14:40 62k fsQCA_1.3.zip 29-Jan-2009 14:40 63k
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