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QCApro is my successor package to the QCA package (Dusa & Thiem 2014; Thiem & Dusa 2012; 2013a; 2013b; 2013c). Just like its predecessor, QCApro implements the method of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)—a family of techniques for analyzing configurational data in accordance with the INUS theory of causation (Mackie 1965; 1974), but it has fixed various technical and methodological problems of the QCA package, it includes many new features and enhancements for applying QCA, and it provides several purpose-built functions for testing general methodological properties of QCA and for evaluating specific procedures such as Schneider and Wagemann's (2013) Enhanced Standard Analysis or Lucas and Szatrowski's (2014) test for confirmation bias. Here are some of the most important advantages of QCApro:

  • full functionality for csQCA, mvQCA and fsQCA
  • only software for QCA that standardly identifies all data-fitting models
  • very fast minimization algorithm
  • sophisticated calibration procedures for fuzzy sets
  • extensive set of functions for methodological evaluations, robustness and sensitivity tests
  • includes a comprehensive 28-page glossary for Configurational Comparative Methods
  • includes several data sets from various research areas for easier familiarization
  • many working examples provided in documentation

If you make use of the QCApro package in your work, please acknowledge it in the interest of good scientific practice and transparency. The appropriate citation displays on loading the package or by using the command citation(package = "QCApro") after having loaded the package. The aforesaid command also provides a suitable BibTeX entry for LaTeX users. To browse the latest news about QCApro (bug fixes, enhancements, etc.), enter news(package = "QCApro").

You can either download the package you need from this website and install it from a local folder or you can install the package directly from with R or your R editor via the Comprehensive R Archive Network (see also the CRAN website of QCApro). 

Happy QCAing!

Screenshots of QCApro

 

Important note: QCApro and QCA are two entirely different packages, but both have been developed on the basis of QCA 1.1-4 (because QCA 1.1-4 has been removed from CRAN, I have provided the source file below so that published analyses which have made use of this version can still be fully replicated). Between versions 2.0 and 2.4, the QCA package had been demoted by its maintainer Adrian Duşa from a stand-alone package to a mere gateway package for another package called QCAGUI, to which all material from QCA 1.1-4 was transferred, so that users who updated or installed the QCA package in fact installed the QCAGUI package through the back door. As of version 2.5, all material was moved back again from QCAGUI to the QCA package, and the QCAGUI package has now been made obsolete.

When loading QCA 2.5 or an old version of QCAGUI into an R session, and you also have QCApro installed, you are asked to uninstall QCApro from your computer in order to avoid conflicts. Of course, you need not uninstall QCApro, but you should not have loaded QCA/QCAGUI and QCApro in one and the same R session as some object and function names still overlap.

Note also that QCA3 by Ronggui Huang is yet another R package for QCA that is unrelated to QCA, QCApro or QCAGUI, for that matter.

 

Documentation (pdf) 

Downloads for Microsoft Windows users (binary zip files)

Downloads for Mac OS users (binary tgz files)

Sources (tar.gz files)

 

References

  • Dusa, Adrian, and Alrik Thiem. 2014. QCA: A package for Qualitative Comparative Analysis. R package version 1.1-4. URL: http://www.alrik-thiem.net/software/.
  • Lucas, Samuel R., and Alisa Szatrowski. 2014. "Qualitative Comparative Analysis in critical perspective." Sociological Methodology 44 (1):1-79. Link.
  • Mackie, John L. 1965. “Causes and conditions.” American Philosophical Quarterly 2 (4):245-64. URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20009173.
  • Mackie, John L. 1974. The cement of the universe: A study of causation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Schneider, Carsten Q., and Claudius Wagemann. 2013. "Doing justice to logical remainders in QCA: Moving beyond the standard analysis." Political Research Quarterly 66 (1):211-20. Link.
  • Thiem, Alrik, and Adrian Dusa. 2012. "Introducing the QCA package: A market analysis and software review.” Qualitative & Multi-Method Research 10 (2):45-9. Link.
  • Thiem, Alrik, and Adrian Dusa. 2013a. “Boolean minimization in social science research: A review of current software for Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA).” Social Science Computer Review 31 (4):505-21. DOI: 10.1177/0894439313478999.
  • Thiem, Alrik, and Adrian Dusa. 2013b. “QCA: A package for Qualitative Comparative Analysis.” The R Journal 5 (1):87-97. Link.
  • Thiem, Alrik, and Adrian Dusa. 2013c. Qualitative Comparative Analysis with R: A user's guide. New York: Springer. Link.