Articles by Kieran Healy

Dataviz Signup

January 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Data Visualization for Social Science will be published later this year by Princeton University Press. You can read a near-complete draft of the book at If you would like to receive one (1) email when the book is available for pre-order, ple... [Read more...]

A Data Visualization Work in Progress

September 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Data Visualization for Social Science: A Practical Introduction with R and ggplot2 I’m writing a book on data visualization, provisionally titled Data Visualization for Social Science: A practical introduction with R and ggplot2. As part of that process, largely because I’ve benefited so much myself from the availability ...
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Plain Text and Pictures

March 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Here are two small sites I made recently, and which I may continue to tweak and expand. The first,, presents “The Plain Person’s Guide to Plain-Text Social Science”. It is designed to address some questions about managin... [Read more...]

Gravitational Network

February 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 ... [Read more...]

Data Visualization Course Notes

February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

ASA Section Membership and Revenues. I taught a half-sized introductory seminar on data visualization last semester. It’s an introduction to som... [Read more...]

Two Y-Axes

January 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

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?— Liz... [Read more...]

Using Containerized Travis-CI to check R in RMarkdown files

October 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 ... [Read more...]

Who Came Second in the UK Election?

May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

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... [Read more...]

Plain Text, Papers, Pandoc

January 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 ... [Read more...]

Using Metadata to find Paul Revere

June 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

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 ... [Read more...]

Updates to the Social Science Starter Kit

May 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

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... [Read more...]

Ten Things the Emacs Social Science Starter Kit gives you

February 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

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... [Read more...]

Updates to the Emacs Starter Kit for the Social Sciences

April 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

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. ... [Read more...]

Visualizing iOS Text Editors

April 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

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... [Read more...]

Workflow Articles in “The Political Methodologist”

April 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 ... [Read more...]

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