Articles by Kieran Healy

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January 6, 2018 | Kieran Healy

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 | Kieran Healy

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 | Kieran Healy

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 | Kieran Healy

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...]

Two Y-Axes

January 16, 2016 | Kieran Healy

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...]

Who Came Second in the UK Election?

May 8, 2015 | Kieran Healy

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 | Kieran Healy

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 | Kieran Healy

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 | Kieran Healy

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...]

Visualizing iOS Text Editors

April 18, 2012 | Kieran Healy

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...]

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