Posts Tagged ‘ Computer Wonkistry ’

The Best Statistical Programming Language is …Javascript?

April 27, 2012
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R-Bloggers has recently been buzzing about Julia, the new kid on the statistical programming block. Julia, however, is hardly the sole contender for the market of R defectors, with Clojure-fork Incanter generating buzz as well. Even with these two making noise, I think there’s a huge point that everyone is missing, and it’s front-and-center on

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Measuring the EIU Democracy Index (with Polity IV)

July 12, 2011
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Measuring the EIU Democracy Index (with Polity IV)

Yet again, I have conjured up an (academically) unusual dataset on democracy! This time it’s the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index, a weird little gem.  The dataset is the basis for a paper the Economist publishes every two years.  Because of this biannuality, there is data estimating the “Democratic-ness” of the world’s countries for 2006,

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More fun with the Failed States Index (and the State Fragility Index)

July 9, 2011
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More fun with the Failed States Index (and the State Fragility Index)

So the other day’s experiment with the Failed States Index and the Polity Data didn’t yield the linear trend I had originally expected.  After all, the two measure fundamentally distinct things.  But perhaps there’s another dataset which will match linearly.  The same people who made polity also put out a dataset called the State Fragility

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Using R for Stata to CSV Conversion

June 3, 2011
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I recently found myself in the unpleasant situation of needing to read a Stata .dta file, but not having Stata readily available to me. Normally, I’d fire up a text editor and deconstruct the file, except Stata saves its data in a proprietary Binary format, meaning it garbles some of the content of the file.

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