Bula & Kia ora Dr Marquez, I had wanted to comment on your blog but for some reasons, the comment section played up. Anyway, i liked your detailed technical write up on this. I was quiet curious to gauge the level of democracy in the graphs for the various countries. I was particular interested in comparing Fiji with others in the Pacific Islands and outside this. However, i got stuck with the shades. Your note indicated the grey areas & blue. All the headers for those countries were in block of grey. Was that how it should read? Or was it the grey shades within the graph itself? I also liked your comments; "I get nervous when I see a measure of democracy that does not have a confidence interval around it, given the empirical and conceptual difficulties involved in producing numerical estimates of a woolly concept like “democracy.” Could you explain what that "confidence interval" means in this context. Thanks and look forward to your updates on this democracy measures as i have some questions too. Nga Mihi, Vinaka & Thanks.
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