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On School Boards and Policy Shocks

August 31, 2012
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On School Boards and Policy Shocks

The dissertation process has many steps. The prospectus or proposal is one of the last. Awhile ago I was lucky enough to have my dissertation proposal defense and pass!  My project is seeking to understand the linkage between political activity at...

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A Chlorpleth Map of Free and Reduced Price Lunch in R

August 26, 2012
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A Chlorpleth Map of Free and Reduced Price Lunch in R

Charles Blow has an excellent op-ed in the New York Times about public education this week. The most important point he makes is that the defunding of public education is coming at precisely the time when American school children are most vulnerable:No...

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Announcing eeptools

July 22, 2012
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The LDS_TOOLS package for R has been replaced by the new eeptools package. I am renaming the package for a number of reasons. First, LDS is a technical industry term in education that stands for Longitudinal Data Systems, which is not commonly known an...

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Sourcing an R Script from Dropbox

July 14, 2012
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Working on my R bootcamp materials and I thought it would be handy to get the bootcamp computers setup by sourcing an R script that will install all necessary non-core packages in it. The problem? How to deploy this script efficiently. A quick method w...

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Making an Animated Heart GIF in R

May 5, 2012
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Messing around with animations, I created this toy example to make a growing outline of a heart in R. I have put it up as a gist on GitHub and embedded it below. It uses the animation and the ggplot2 packages--both of which make it incredibly simple to...

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R Tutorials and Learning Materials

May 3, 2012
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We are getting ready to host an R bootcamp this summer at work and I am looking at building on materials that already exist. I just wanted to list a few here while I figure out the best ways to incorporate them. Video Tutorials:This is a fairly ne...

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All Your Source Code Are Belong to… Nature?

February 28, 2012
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The Journal of Nature put out an interesting op-ed recently discussing the need to make source code available for scientific articles that require statistical computation to produce their results. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v482/n7386/ful...

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RStudio, BibTex, and LaTeX

January 27, 2012
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I was having a little trouble getting RStudio to process BibTex entries and compile a LaTeX file. Bumping around on the great RStudio help forum, I found this entry, which pointed me in the direction. I needed to set a system environment variable in R ...

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Scoping functions in R

January 19, 2012
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I want to test embedding source code in the blog by using the handy Gist tool provided by GitHub. These two R functions are a good opportunity to test out embedding a Gist on the website. These functions allow for threshold testing within a vector in R...

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Software for Surviving Graduate School Part 1

October 16, 2009
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Software for Surviving Graduate School Part 1

After introducing a colleague to the wonders of Dropbox today (more on that later) I realized that it might be useful to put out a list of software that is of use to graduate students. I often find that many of the software products I find indispensable are virtually unknown to many of my fellow graduate students. Certainly this...

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