Publications

See our list of publications and conference papers. Note we only list papers connected to the PreferenceMatcher research activities.

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2017


Mendez, F. (2017) Modeling proximity and directional decisional logic: What can we learn from applying statistical learning techniques to VAA-generated data? Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, doi: 10.1080/17457289.2016.1269113

2016


Agathokleous, M. and Tsapatsoulis, N. (2016) Applying hidden Markov models to Voting Advice ApplicationsEPJ Data Science, 5 (34), doi: 10.1140/epjds/s13688-016-0095-z

Agathokleous, M., Tsapatsoulis, N. and Djouvas, C. (2016) Estimating party-user similarity in Voting Advice Applications using Hidden Markov Models. Proceedings of the Joint Workshop on Interfaces and Human Decision Making for Recommender Systems (IntRS 2016), Boston, MA, USA, September 16, pp. 6-13.

Bruinsma, B. (2016) Assessing the data quality of items in Voting Advice Applications. Paper presented at the ESA RN 21 Midterm Conference ‘Data quality in quantitative research’, Nicosia, October 13-15.

Djouvas, C., Mendez, F. and Tsapatsoulis, N. (2016) Mining online political opinion surveys for suspect entries: An interdisciplinary comparisonJournal of Innovation in Digital Ecosystems, doi: 10.1016/j.jides.2016.11.003

Garry, J., Matthews, N. and Wheatley, J. (2016) Dimensionality of policy space in consociational Northern Ireland. Political Studies, doi: 10.1177/0032321716658917

Gemenis, K. (2016) Detecting biased and redundant statements in voting advice applications. Paper presented at the European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, Prague, September 7-10.

Gemenis, K., Mendez, F. and Wheatley, J. (2016) The reliability and validity of the iterative expert survey approach for measuring parties’ policy positions. Paper presented at the European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, Prague, September 7-10.

Manavopoulos, V. and Triga, V. (2016) Testing the mode effect hypothesis: A comparison of the response styles of traditional survey respondents and online (VAA) respondents. Paper presented at the European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, Prague, September 7-10.

Wheatley, J. (2016) What VAA-generated data can tell us about the Left-Right divide: Strong in the south, weak in the north.  Paper presented at the European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, Prague, September 7-10.

Wheatley, J. (2016). Cleavage structures and dimensions of ideology in English politics: Evidence from Voter Advice Application data. Policy & Internet, doi: 10.1002/poi3.129

2015


Bale, T., Garry, J. and Wheatley J. (2015) App suggests parties may have less room for manoeuvre on coalition options than they’d like. The Conversation (29 April 2015)

Djouvas, C. &  Gemenis, K. (2015) SmartCoding: A web-based system for estimating parties’ policy positions. Paper presented at the Webdatanet Conference, 26-28 May 2015, Salamanca, Spain.

Djouvas, C., Gemenis, K. & Mendez, F. (2015) Pattern-based rogue identification. Paper presented at the Webdatanet Conference, 26-28 May 2015, Salamanca, Spain.

Gemenis, K. (2015) An iterative expert survey approach for estimating parties’ policy positions. Quality & Quantity, 49: 2291-2306. [Preprint]

Gemenis, K., Konstantinidis, I., Triga, V. (2015) Οι ηλεκτρονικοί σύμβουλοι ψήφου στην Ελλάδα [Voting advice applications in Greece]. Επιστήμη και Κοινωνία 33: 177-210. [Preprint]

Germann, M., Mendez, F. (2015) Dynamic scale validation reloaded: Assessing the psychometric properties of latent measures of ideology in VAA spatial maps. Quality & Quantity, doi: 10.1007/s11135-014-0109-5 [Replication files]

Germann, M., Mendez, F., Wheatley, J., Serdült, U. (2015). Spatial maps in Voting Advice Applications: The case for dynamic scale validation. Acta Politica 50 : 214–238.

Manavopoulos, V. (2015) Dimensionality of political attitudes across the EU: A comparison using data From the ‘EUvox’ Voting Advice Application. Paper presented at the European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, Montreal, Canada August 28-30.

Manavopoulos, V., Mendez, F., Serdült, U. (2015) Homophily among VAA users: The case of Ecuador. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on eDemocracy & eGovernment (ICEDEG), pp. 61-66, doi: 10.1109/ICEDEG.2015.7114487

Triga, V. & Spyridou, P. (2015) The Mediatization of European Electoral Campaign: The Case of EUVOX. Paper presented at the European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, Montreal, Canada August 28-30.

Tsapatsoulis, N., Agathokleous, M., Djouvas, C., Mendez, F. (2015) On the design of Social Voting Recommendation Applications, International Journal on Artificial Intelligence Tools, 24 (3), doi: 10.1142/s0218213015500098

Wheatley, J. (2015) The use VAA-generated data to identify ideological dimensions: The case of Ecuador. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on eDemocracy & eGovernment (ICEDEG), pp. 55-60, doi: 10.1109/ICEDEG.2015.7114470

Wheatley, J. (2015) Restructuring the policy space in England: The end of the Left–Right paradigm? British Politics, 10: 268-285.

Wheatley, J. (2015) Cleavage Structures and Ideological Dimensions in English Politics: Some Evidence from VAA Data. Paper presented at the European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, Montreal, Canada August 28-30.

Wheatley J., Garry, J. and Bale, T. (2015) Why Lib Dems are in pole position to drive policy in coalition negotiations. The Conversation (6 May 2015)

Wheatley, J. & Mendez, F. (2015) Exploiting VAA-generated Data to Explore and Compare Programmatic Structuring Within EU Party Systems. Paper presented at the European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, Montreal, Canada August 28-30.

2014


Djouvas, C., Gemenis, K., Mendez, F. (2014) Weeding out the rogues: How to identify them and why it matters for VAA-generated datasets. Paper presented at the European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, Glasgow, September 5-7.

Djouvas, C., Tsapatsoulis, N. (2014) A view behind the scene: Data structures and software architecture of a VAA. Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Semantic and Social Media Adaptation and Personalization, pp. 136-141, doi: 10.1109/SMAP.2014.21

Gemenis, K., Rosema, M. (2014). Voting advice applications and electoral turnout. Electoral Studies, doi: 10.1016/j.electstud.2014.06.010 [Preprint]

Gemenis, K., Van Ham, C. (2014). Comparing methods for estimating parties’ positions in Voting Advice Applications, in: Marschall, S., Garzia, D. (Eds.), Matching Voters with Parties and Candidates (pp. 33-47). Colchester: ECPR Press. [Preprint]

Katakis, I., Tsapatsoulis, N., Mendez, F., Triga, V., Djouvas, C. (2014). Social voting advice applications-definitions, challenges, datasets and evaluationIEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, 44(7): 1039-1052. [Preprint]

Manavopoulos, V. (2014) Homophily among VAA users: Similarities and differences of node attributes in a VAA-generated social network. Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Semantic and Social Media Adaptation and Personalization, pp. 149-154, doi: 10.1109/SMAP.2014.35

Mendez, F. (2014) What’s behind a matching algorithm: A critical assessment of how Voting Advice Applications produce voting recommendations, in: Marschall, S., Garzia, D. (Eds.), Matching Voters with Parties and Candidates (pp. 49-66). Colchester: ECPR Press. [Preprint]

Mendez, F. (2014) Modelling proximity versus directional logic in VAAs. Paper presented at the European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, Glasgow, September 5-7.

Mendez, F., Gemenis, K., Djouvas, C. (2014) Methodological challenges in the analysis of Voting Advice Application generated data. Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Semantic and Social Media Adaptation and Personalization, pp. 142-148, doi: 10.1109/SMAP.2014.32

Mendez, F., Wheatley, J. (2014) Using VAA-generated data for mapping partisan supporters in the ideological space, in: Marschall, S., Garzia, D. (Eds.), Matching Voters with Parties and Candidates (pp. 161-174). Colchester: ECPR Press. [tables]

Triga, V. (2014). Social representations of VAAs: A comparative analysis, in: Marschall, S., Garzia, D. (Eds.), Matching Voters with Parties and Candidates (pp. 129-144). Colchester: ECPR Press. [Annex]

Triga V., Manavopoulos, V. (2014) What kind of data do voting advice applications generate? A comparison of two modes of administering surveys. Paper presented at the European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, Glasgow, September 5-7.

Triga V., Mendez, F., Manavopoulos, V. (2014) Comparing online and offline modes of survey administration: VAA versus traditional survey administration. Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Semantic and Social Media Adaptation and Personalization, pp. 130-135, doi: 10.1109/SMAP.2014.30

Tsapatsoulis, N., Mendez, F. (2014) Social vote recommendation: Building party models using the probability to vote feedback of VAA users. Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Semantic and Social Media Adaptation and Personalization, pp. 124-129, doi: 10.1109/SMAP.2014.17

Wheatley, J. (2014) Identifying latent policy dimensions from public opinion data: An inductive approach. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties, doi: 10.1080/17457289.2014.985222

Wheatley, J. (2014) Exploiting VAA-generated data to identify policy dimensions: The case of England. Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Semantic and Social Media Adaptation and Personalization, pp. 118-123, doi: 10.1109/SMAP.2014.16

Wheatley, J., and Germann, M. (2014) Adjusting for sample bias in VAA datasets: Can it be done and does it matter? Paper presented at the ECPR General Conference, Glasgow, September 5-7.

Wheatley, J., Carman, C., Mendez, F. and Mitchell, J. (2012) The Dimensionality of the Scottish Political Space: Results from an Experiment on the 2011 Holyrood Elections. Party Politics 20(6) : 864-878

 

2013


Agathokleous, M., Tsapatsoulis, N. (2013) Voting Advice Applications: Missing value estimation using matrix factorization and collaborative filtering. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, Volume 412, pp 20-29.

Agathokleous, M., Tsapatsoulis, N., Katakis, I. (2013). On the quantificiation of missing value impact on Voting Advice Applications, In: Proceedings of EANN 2013: 14th Engineering Applications of Neural Networks, Halkidiki Greece, Chalkidiki, 2013. [Preprint]

Gemenis, K. (2013) Estimating parties’ policy positions through voting advice applications: Some methodological considerationsActa Politica, 48: 268-295.

Germann, M., and F. Mendez (2013) Dynamic scale validation reloaded: Assessing the psychometric properties of latent measures of ideology in VAA spatial maps. Paper presented at the European Consortium of Political Research, General Conference Bordeaux, France, September 5-7. [Appendix]

Jiglău, G., T. Burean and G Bădescu (2013). The Ideological Mapping of Political Parties in Romania. The Relationship between Dimensions of Competition and Ideological Consistency. Paper presented at the European Consortium of Political Research General Conference, Bordeaux, France, September 5-7.

Serdült, U., F. Mendez, V. Manavopoulos (2013) Voting Advice Application Generated Network Data. Paper presented at Applications of Social Network Analysis (ASNA), Zurich, August 28-30.

 

2012


Baka, A., Figgou, L., Triga, V., (2012) ‘Neither agree, nor disagree’: A critical analysis of the middle answer category in Voting Advice Applications. International Journal of Electronic Governance, 5: 244-263.

Garcia, D., Mendez, F., Serdült, U., Schweitzer, F. (2012) Political polarization and popularity in online participatory media: an integrated approach. Proceedings of the 21st ACM International Conference on Information Knowledge Management.

Gemenis, K. (2012) A new approach for estimating parties’ positions in voting advice applications. Paper presented at the XXVI Congress of the Italian Political Science Association, Università Roma Tre, Rome, September 13-15.

Germann, M., Mendez, F., Serdult, U., Wheatley, J. (2012). Exploiting Smartvote Data for the Ideological Mapping of Swiss Political Parties. Paper presented at the XXVI Congress of the Italian Political Science Association, Università Roma Tre, Rome, September 13-15.

Katakis, I., N. Tsapatsoulis, V. Triga, C. Tziouvas, F. Mendez (2012). Clustering Online Poll Data: Towards a Voting Assistance System. Proceedings of the 7th International Workshop on Semantic and Social Media Adaptation and Personalization (SMAP’12), Luxembourg.

Mendez, F. (2012) Matching voters with political parties and candidates: An empirical test of four algorithms. International Journal of Electronic Governance, 5: 264-278.

Mendez, F. (2012) What’s inside the black box? A critical assessment of how voting recommendations are produced by VAAs. Paper presented at the XXII Congress of the International Political Science Association, Madrid, July 8-12.

Triga, V., Serdült, U., and Chadjipantelis, T., (2012) Introduction: Voting Advice Applications and the State of the Art. International Journal of Electronic Governance, 5: 194-202.

Wheatley, J (2012) Using VAAs to Explore the Dimensionality of the Policy Space: Experiments from Brazil, Peru, Scotland and Greece. International Journal of Electronic Governance, 5: 318-348.

Wheatley, J. and Mendez, F. (2012) Exploiting VAAs to Study the Dimensionality of the Policy Space: The Greek Case. Paper presented at the IP-VAA’12: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Voting Advice Applications Workshop, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, November 22-24.

 

2011


Marzuca Perera, A., Serdült, U., and Welp, Y. (2011) Questão Pública: First Voting Advice Application in Latin America, in: Tambouris, E., Macintosh, A., de Bruijn, H. (Eds.) Electronic Participation: Third IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference, ePart 2011, Delft, The Netherlands, August 29 – September 1, 2011 Proceedings [Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6847]. Heidelberg, Springer, 216-227.

 

Publications using PreferenceMatcher data:


Burean, T., Popp, R. (2015) The ideological mapping of political parties in Romania . Romanian Journal of Society and Politics 10(1): 118-136.

Burean, T., Popp, R. (2015) Migrant political participation and voting behavior in Romania . Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, September 3-6.

Dinas, E., and Rori, L. (2013) The 2012 Greek parliamentary elections: Fear and loathing in the polls. West European Politics 36: 270-282.

Gemenis, Kostas, and Vasilopoulos, Pavlos (2016) Οι θέσεις των Οικολόγων Πράσινων εν μέσω της οικονομικής κρίσης [The positions of the Ecologist Greens during the economic crisis] In I. Botetzagias & W. Rüdig (Eds.), Οικολογικά πολιτικά κόμματα: Η Ευρωπαϊκή εμπειρία και η Ελληνική διάσταση (pp. 331-347). Athens: Green Institute.

Georgiadou, V. (2015) Krise, aber nicht Unregierbarkeit: Das griechische Parteiensystem im Umbruch. In U. D. Klemm & W. Schultheiß (Eds.), Die Krise in Griechenland: Ursprünge, Verlauf, Folgen (pp. 70-88). Frankfurt am Main: Campus Verlag.

Hess, A., Kasprowicz, D., Lisowska-Magdziarz, M., Flis, J., Nowak, K., Słupek, L., … & Świerczyńska-Głownia, W. (2015) Nawigacja na mniejszych akwenach: Programy ugrupowań I kandydatów samorządowych w aplicacji internetowej Barometr Wyborczy. e-Politikon 15: 8-44.

Katsanidou, A. (2016) Greece in times of crisis. In M. Voicu, I. C. Mochmann & H. Dülmer (Eds.) Values, Economic Crisis and Democracy (pp. 223-239). Abingdon: Routledge.

Katsanidou, A., and Otjes, S. (2016) How the European debt crisis reshaped national political space: The case of GreeceEuropean Union Politics 17: 262-284.

Linhart, E., and Shikano, S. (2015). Koalitionsbildung nach der Bundestags-wahl 2013: Parteien im Spannungsfeld zwischen Ämter-, Politik-und Stimmenmotivation. In K. R. Korte (Ed.), Die Bundestagswahl 2013 (pp. 457-484). Berlin: Springer.

Navarrete, R and J. Ramos Díaz (2013) What Drives the Youth Vote?: Evidence from Three Regional Elections in Spain, 2012. Paper presented at the European Consortium of Political Research General Conference Bordeaux, France, September 5-7.

Nezi, R. and A. Katsanidou (2014) From valence to position: Economic voting in extraordinary conditions. Acta Politica 49: 413–430.

Rori, L., and Dinas, E. (2012) Les élections législatives grecques de 2012: des élections à haut risqué. Pôle Sud 37: 173-183.

Roushas, R. (2014). Understanding the electoral breakthrough of Golden Dawn in Greece: A demand and supply perspective. COMPAS Working Paper No. 112. Oxford: International Migration Institute.

Shikano, S. (2013). Estimating ideological positions of political parties using a deliberative expert survey. Paper prepared for Voting Advice Applications Workshop, University of Twente, The Netherlands, November 15

Vasilopoulou, S., and Halikiopoulou, D. (2013) In the shadow of Grexit: The Greek election of 17 June 2012. South European Society & Politics 18: 523-542.