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90+ Two-Minute Videos on R

May 10, 2012
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I highly recommend Anthony Damico's excellent two-minute videos on programming in R. You can find the full list of 90+ videos here. This is the first of the series, which tells you how to download and install R:More generally, Anthony's video collectio...

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I’ve Converted to R Full-Time

May 6, 2012
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It's been over four years that I've been using both R and Stata, but as of last week I've become an R convert. For several years I had conducted statistical analyses in R (since many complex models can only be programmed in R), but I used Stata before ...

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Popularity of Programming Languages

March 25, 2012
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Popularity of Programming Languages

As you can see, R is relatively popular (but more so on StackOverflow than GitHub):For the original graph, click here. This scatter plot is a reminder that R is useful to learn not only for statistical modeling (since there are so many excellent packag...

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Scatter Plot Matrix in R

March 13, 2012
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Stata has a large number of graphics capabilities (and I highly recommend Stata over other statistical packages for a variety of reasons), but in a few instances R is more useful. In particular, I find R useful for creating beautiful scatter plot ...

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R versus Stata Redux

March 3, 2012
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I've used both R and Stata for a long time, but these days I use Stata much more frequently than R. While R is useful for some kinds of graphics (especially three-dimensional graphics) and some statistical procedures (for example, finite mixture models...

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R in the NYT

December 30, 2009
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The statistical package R received a positive overview in the New York Times recently.

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Top Ten Must-Have R Packages for Social Scientists

December 29, 2009
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The political scientist Drew Conway has come up with a useful list of his ten "must-have" R packages for social scientists. I agree with him for the most part, and his list highlights the usefulness of R (vis-a-vis Stata) for social network analysis (s...

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Multilevel and Longitudinal Modeling in Stata

December 22, 2009
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For my "off-task" reading I recent perused an excellent book on multilevel and longitudinal modeling in Stata by Sophia Rabe-Hesketh and Anders Skrondal. The second edition (which I read) has been updated by including several chapters providing an over...

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