The fields in the spreadsheets are as follows:
- stdist: Congressional district for House candidates
- st: State abbreviation
- party: D, R, or X (independent)
- pid: –1,0,1 (equivalent to party)
- full.name: Self-explanatory; sorry for screwups with accent marks and the like.
- incumbent: 1 if incumbent, 0 if challenger
- crp.id: Center for Responsive Politics identification number
- npat.id: Project Vote Smart candidate id
- score: Candidate ideal point or ideological position estimated from survey response as described here
- sd: Measure of uncertainty around the point estimate in score
- perc: Percentile ranking within the pool of all 2012 candidates, House and Senate. So a percentile score of 84.5 for Mia Love (R) in Utah’s 4th District indicates Love ranks as more conservative than 84.5% of all 2012 candidates.
- perc.r: Percentile ranking within the pool of 2012 Republican candidates, House and Senate. So Love scores 70.3, which indicates she is more conservative than 70.3% of all 2012 Republican candidates: that is, she is certainly quite conservative, even within her own party.
- perc.d: Percentile ranking within the pool of 2012 Democratic candidates, House and Senate. Love’s opponent, Jim Matheson (D) with a percentile score of 1.6, indicating that he is more conservative than all but 1.6% of 2012 Democratic candidates. In other words, Matheson is extremely conservative for a Democrat, which is not surprising given the conservative character of Utah’s 4th district.