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Plain Text, Papers, Pandoc

January 23, 2014
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Plain Text, Papers, Pandoc

Over the past few months, I've had several people ask me about the tools I use to put papers together. For several year's I've maintained a page of resources somewhat grandiosely headed "Writing and Presenting Social Science". Really it just makes public my configuration files and templates for my text editor and related tools. Things have changed a...

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Using Metadata to find Paul Revere

June 9, 2013
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Using Metadata to find Paul Revere

London, 1772.I have been asked by my superiors to give a brief demonstration of the surprising effectiveness of even the simplest techniques of the new-fangled Social Networke Analysis in the pursuit of those who would seek to undermine the liberty enjoyed by His Majesty's subjects. This is in connection with the discussion of the role of "metadata" in

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Updates to the Emacs Starter Kit for the Social Sciences

April 23, 2012
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I've made some updates to the Emacs Starter Kit for the Social Sciences. The kit builds on Phil Hagelberg's original and Eric Schulte's org-mode version, and incorporates some packages and settings that are particularly useful for the social sciences. ...

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Visualizing iOS Text Editors

April 18, 2012
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Visualizing iOS Text Editors

The other day Brett Terpstra posted a gigantic and quite beautifully-executed feature comparison of all of the text editors available for iOS devices. The table is really terrific and also a bit overwhelming, as there's so much data. On the bus home ye...

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Text Editors in The Lord of the Rings

July 29, 2011
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Text Editors in The Lord of the Rings

Prompted by a passing thought about TextMate, I thought I'd make a comprehensive, accurate, unbiased, and irrefutable survey of text editors by way of comparison to locations in The Lord of the Rings.TextMate: Minas TirithA once-great but now decaying city. Only the King has the power to renew it, but he is a long absent, indeed...

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Workflow Articles in “The Political Methodologist”

April 1, 2011
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I've written a few times before about how to choose the software you work with, and what you should and should not care about when making those choices. I maintain a page with various resources related to this, if you're interested, most notably the Emacs Starter Kit for the Social Sciences. A revised version of an article...

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Aligning labels in circular igraph layouts

February 18, 2011
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Aligning labels in circular igraph layouts

The folks at IPE at UNC have produced this nice animated gif of some network data on increasing financial integration in the run-up to the 2008 crisis. They used a small trick I pointed to a while ago (just using a pipe, nothing fancy) that lets you ...

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Workflow and the Emacs Starter Kit for the Social Sciences

January 18, 2011
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Because the next official release of Emacs will finally have a built-in package management system, I've been able to update the Emacs Starter Kit for the Social Sciences to make it easier to set up. AucTeX is now installed directly as a package, and so...

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