Moralizing Gods Dataset

The original dataset included mislabeled data (view it via this link); here we provide the corrected dataset which forms part of a Response to a Matters Arising currently undergoing peer review at Nature.


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This research employed data from the Seshat Databank ( under Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC By-NC SA) licensing.

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Whitehouse, H., P. François, P.E. Savage, […] P. Turchin. “Complex societies precede moralizing gods throughout world history.” Nature.

Turchin, P., T. E. Currie, H. Whitehouse, P. François, K. Feeney,  […] C. Spencer. 2017. “Quantitative historical analysis uncovers a single dimension of complexity that structures global variation in human social organization.” PNAS

Turchin, P. 2018. “Fitting Dynamic Regression Models to Seshat Data.” Cliodynamics 9(1): 25-58.

Turchin, P., R. Brennan, T. E. Currie, K. Feeney, P. François, […] H. Whitehouse. 2015. “Seshat: The Global History Databank.” Cliodynamics 6(1): 77–107.

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