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[ODP] The international general socioeconomic factor: Factor analyzing international

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(2014-Aug-27, 19:58:29)menghu1001 Wrote: So, the only modification is on the discussion section. I don't have anything to add, or to complain.

I, of course, will give my acceptance for its publication.

By the way, it's funny when I look at the last version, I am redirected to page 2, not page 1, as is usually the case. It's rare but sometimes this happens, when I open pdf articles. I never understood why.

One last remark (or request). Don't forget to publish the updated syntax for R. I am interested in everything related to R. I'm trying to move, from SPSS to R. But that's not easy. Recoding variable in R is impossible for me, even after spending hours on the web and finding examples. They are all inapplicable for my General Social Survey data. Then, I have to do the data preparation on SPSS, and the analysis on R. Ridiculous, indeed, but I don't have a better option yet.


Thank you.

I think that is because you closed the PDF at page 2 before. Which PDF reader do you use? My reader (Foxit reader) remembers the page I was looking at.

I will of course update the supplementary material with the latest versions when the paper is accepted.

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There are now 2 approvals (Piffer's is here) and 1 uncertain (Dalliard).

Perhaps Dalliard can comment on whether I fixed the CFA comparison to his satisfaction? I will ask some of the other reviewers to comment.
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#62
I like the new material. A few more things:

1) "I decided to examine the effect of using the reduced sample with complete data vs. inputting the means in the
cases with missing values. ... the means-input datasets to examine the effect of the procedure... All further analysis used the means-input dataset"

The word is impute, not input.

2) In the captions of tables 1-3, you could specify "SPI below the <i>diagonal</i>, DR above."

3) Sections 3.2 and 3.3 examine if PCA overestimates the factor variance or factor loadings, respectively, but these are really the same thing.

4) "If population differences in G is a main cause of national differences in many socioeconomic areas"

THE main cause. Socioeconomic <i>domains</i> would be a better word.

5) "There doesn't seem to be much agreement regarding whether it is better that the public or private pays for health care"

Reword, e.g., "... whether it is better for health care to be publicly or privately financed"

6) "The S factors scores (PCA) extracted from the two international datasets correlated 0.975."

The S factor_ scores

7) #23 in the references list is badly formatted.

8) The "Draft" watermark makes it difficult to copy-paste from the article. Don't use it.

I think these issues should be addressed, but I approve the article in any case.
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#63
Dalliard,

1) Fixed.
2) Fixed.
3) Right, but examined in a different way.
4) Fixed.
5) Fixed.
6) Fixed.
7) Removed the URL.
8) I will leave this watermark so that people can be certain that it is not the final version. You can copy text from the .tex file.

New version attached with the above fixes.

This would imply 3 approvals. 1 short of publication.


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#64
(2014-Aug-30, 18:47:10)Emil Wrote: Dalliard,

1) Fixed.
2) Fixed.
3) Right, but examined in a different way.
4) Fixed.
5) Fixed.
6) Fixed.
7) Removed the URL.
8) I will leave this watermark so that people can be certain that it is not the final version. You can copy text from the .tex file.

New version attached with the above fixes.

This would imply 3 approvals. 1 short of publication.


This is an excellent paper, conceptually and statistically. It does have some stylistic problems in the intro e.g.,

"This is because the different datasets do not contain just the same countries, and not in the same order, and they are also often not spelled exactly the same"

Also, you might rewrite this one sentence in the conclusion:

"The issue now seems to have been settled by two studies that compared latent g factors using confirmatory factor analysis from different batteries to each other and found them to be very close to unity."

It doesn't read smoothly, at least to me. (I, of course, know what you are saying.)

There is one nitpick. Did you get permission to copy your figure 1 -- or was there no copyright? If there was, you might just say:

"The SPI is very comprehensive; it is based on 54 components[7]. The structure is complicated and is best shown visually; for a diagram, readers are referred to Figure 1.A on page 56 of the SPI methodological report"

A less picayune point. You said:

"Results are high but not near unity. They show again that, as long as one picks a reasonable number of them, e.g. 10., it is not so important which subset of national indexes one chooses since they measure to a large degree a common factor: S."

Your variables overlap with the ones Rushton et al. used:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/art...6908001773
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/art...9609000592

See also:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/art...691200181X

From the last paper:

Quote:"A national K factor was computed from six life history indicators (for sources, see web references):
(i) Teenage childbearing is the proportion of children born to mothers aged 19 and below. Data are from the Demographic
Yearbook of the United Nations (2008). Missing data points were extrapolated from World Bank data.
(ii) Contraceptive prevalence among married couples is averaged from several sources including the United Nations’ Human Development Report (2004) and the UN statistics division.
(iii) Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), from the World Health Report of the WHO (2004 edition), include syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. HIV/AIDS is not included because of its recent African origin, which affects its present geographical distribution.
(iv) Homicide rate (last available date) is from the UN office of drugs and crime.
(v) Crime is a measure of crime victimization derived from the Gallup World Poll. It is the unrotated first principal component of the proportion reporting theft during the last year, proportion reporting assault/mugging, and proportion feeling unsafe on the streets at night.
(vi) Savings rate is gross domestic savings, 1975–2005 average, from the World Bank.

A national K factor was extracted as the unrotated first factor of a maximum-likelihood factor analysis of the six indicators described under Section 2. The correlations of this national K factor with its indicators as well as with intelligence (g) and log-transformed GDP are shown in Table 1. Most striking is the high correlation of .877 between K and g. This is about as high as the correlation between school achievement and IQ, the two variables from which g was averaged. The close relationship between K and g is also shown when the correlations of the six K indicators with K are correlated with their correlations with g (r = .831, N = 6, p = .041)...."

This might suggest that the S factor overlaps with the K factor. Maybe look into this in a later paper. At some point you should probably mention the (probable) overlap. You might later try to determine if and how the two factors differ.

...

Check the copyright issue (figure 1) and look over the intro for language issues.

["For example: "The entire dataset as well as [the] source code is available at"

Missing an article in front of "source code".]

After, I approve.
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#65
Chuck,

Thanks for reviewing my paper.

I have addressed the language issues you raised as well as rewritten many other parts of the paper for better flow of language. It should be better now.

I have added a paragraph in the discussion about the K factor.


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#66
(2014-Sep-03, 12:49:10)Emil Wrote: Chuck,

Thanks for reviewing my paper.

I have addressed the language issues you raised as well as rewritten many other parts of the paper for better flow of language. It should be better now.

I have added a paragraph in the discussion about the K factor.


Looks good. I approve publication.

(Maybe after publication send a copy to Woodley and ask if he would like to explore the relation between the K and your S factor.)
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#67
I want to go through a final language edit with a Native speaker before I publish this. It may become a highly cited paper, so the product should be somewhat closer to perfection than it is now.
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#68
Here is the edited paper. Almost all changes concern language, but there are various small changes. E.g. Table 8 now contains the non-absolute values which were the ones used for the analyses instead of the values for the absolute versions.

Attached is the PDF and the zip file with the source code etc.

Let me know if you have any objections to this version before publication.


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#69
(2014-Sep-08, 17:19:42)Emil Wrote: Here is the edited paper. Almost all changes concern language, but there are various small changes. E.g. Table 8 now contains the non-absolute values which were the ones used for the analyses instead of the values for the absolute versions.

Attached is the PDF and the zip file with the source code etc.

Let me know if you have any objections to this version before publication.


The language now is fine. Well done. (The only issue I have still concerns the inclusion of Figure 1, as it is not clear that you are not violating a copyright. Can you check this?)
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#70
It is legal from my reading of the Danish law.

Quote:§ 22. Af et offentliggjort værk er det tilladt at citere i overensstemmelse med god skik og i det omfang, som betinges af formålet.

Translate:
"Of a published work, it is allowed to quote in accordance with good practice and to the extent which is conditioned by the purpose.".

In any case, if there are ever any problems with the copyright monopoly, I will move the server to somewhere it cannot be touched.
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