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Plain Text and Pictures

March 9, 2016
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Here are two small sites I made recently, and which I may continue to tweak and expand. The first, plain-text.co, presents “The Plain Person’s Guide to Plain-Text Social Science”. It is designed to address some questions about managin...

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Gravitational Network

February 12, 2016
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The Gravitational Waves paper that was in the news yesterday has almost a thousand authors. (Actually there’s more than one paper—there’s the “discovery” paper and the “implications” paper.) Out of interest, I ...

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Data Visualization Course Notes

February 10, 2016
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Data Visualization Course Notes

ASA Section Membership and Revenues. ...

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Two Y-Axes

January 16, 2016
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Two Y-Axes

A few days ago, Matt Yglesias shared this tweet from Liz Ann Sonders, Chief Investment Strategist with Charles Schwab, Inc: DailyShot: Here is a comparison of the monetary base with the S&P500 ... Coincidence? pic.twitter.com/QsdNhJdbRP— Liz...

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Using Containerized Travis-CI to check R in RMarkdown files

October 16, 2015
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Using Containerized Travis-CI to check R in RMarkdown files

I’m teaching a short graduate seminar on Data Visualization with R this semester. Following Matt Salganik, I wanted students to be able to submit homework or other assignments as R Markdown files, but to have a way to make sure their R code passed some basic stylistic checks provided by lintr before they submitted...

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Who Came Second in the UK Election?

May 8, 2015
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Who Came Second in the UK Election?

The UK’s election results are being digested by the chattering classes. So, yesterday afternoon I thought I’d see if I could grab the election data to make some pictures. Because the BBC has sane HTML structure, this proved a lot more strai...

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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 Social Science Starter Kit

May 27, 2013
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The Emacs Social Science Starter Kit is a drop-in collection of packages and settings for Emacs 24 aimed at people like me: that is, people doing social science data analysis and writing, using some combination of tools like R, git, LaTeX, Pandoc, perh...

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Ten Things the Emacs Social Science Starter Kit gives you

February 24, 2013
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I recently made some updates to the Emacs Social Science Starter Kit. I maintain the SSSK for my own convenience, but other people have found it useful as well. By now there are a lot of little bits and pieces in the kit, so I thought it might be usefu...

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