Posts Tagged ‘ Data ’

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 is ESS. While the AucTeX package is official, I host

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Emacs Starter Kit for the Social Sciences now gets ESS via ELPA

January 11, 2011
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More starter kit stuff. Up till now, the Emacs Starter Kit for the Social Sciences included ESS, but bundled it with the git repo. A better option would be to have it installed via the package mechanism, like AucTeX is now, but it’s not included. The ELPA system is allows you to specify repositories besides

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Emacs Starter Kit for the Social Sciences: Now Easier to Install

January 11, 2011
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New in nerdery this week, it’s now a bit easier to install the Emacs Starter Kit for the Social Sciences that I put together (based on lots of great work by Phil Hagelberg and, more recently, Eric Schulte). In the past, the fact that AucTeX was both necessary and had to be compiled locally made

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Building a fact-based world view

January 7, 2011
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Building a fact-based world view

Gapminder is an independent foundation based in Stockholm, Sweden. Its mission is “to debunk devastating myths about the world by offering free access to a fact-based world view“. They provide free online tools, data (more than 400 datasets freely available!) and videos “to better understand the changing world“. The initial development of Gapminder was the

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A Very Data Christmas

December 21, 2010
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A Very Data Christmas

This week Google announced its Ngram Viewer, which allows you to explore the use of words in thousands of texts overtime, going back two hundred years. Given the relatively long time period covered by this massive data set, it is fun to explore how language has changed overtime. Some texts, however, seem to transcend time.

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Programming with R – Processing Football League Data Part II

December 3, 2010
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Following on from the previous post about creating a football result processing function for data from the football-data.co.uk website we will add code to the function to generate a league table based on the results to date. To create the league table we need to count various things such as the number of games played, number

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Programming with R – Processing Football League Data Part I

November 23, 2010
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In this post we will make use of football results data from the football-data.co.uk website to demonstrate creating functions in R to automate a series of standard operations that would be required for results data from various leagues and divisions. The first step is to consider what control options should be available as part of the

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My First R Package: infochimps

November 20, 2010
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I have finally taken the plunge and created my first R package! As frequent readers will know, I often sing the praises of infochimps, a startup out of Austin, TX attempting to be the world’s data clearinghouse. While infochimps is an excellent resource for data sets, they also provide their own set excellent data

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Co-authorship Network of SSRN Conflict Studies eJournal

November 10, 2010
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As part of my on-going research simulating network structure using graph motifs I have been collecting novel data sets to test and benchmark the method. Since I am a political scientist studying conflict, it was suggested to me to collect a co-authorship network within this sub-discipline. Such a network is useful for several reasons;

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Where People Share Links About NYC

October 27, 2010
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Where People Share Links About NYC

Last week I participated in bit.ly’s fourth hackabit hack-a-thon, which is a wonderful opportunity for NYC area hackers to get together, eat pizza, drink energy drinks, and stay up late hacking with some of the best data geeks around. I was lucky enough to saddle up next to Hilary Mason, bit.ly’s lead scientist, recently named

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