Articles by kjhealy

Text Editors in The Lord of the Rings

July 29, 2011 | kjhealy

Prompted by a passing thought about TextMate, I thought I’d make a comprehensive, accurate, unbiased, and irrefutable survey of text editors by way of comparison to locations in The Lord of the Rings. TextMate: Minas Tirith A quiet, long-overlooked land populated by simple folk who keep mostly to themselves. ... [Read more...]

Workflow Articles in “The Political Methodologist”

April 1, 2011 | kjhealy

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 ... [Read more...]

Aligning labels in circular igraph layouts

February 18, 2011 | kjhealy

The folks at IPE at UNC have produced this nice animated gif of some network data on increasing financial integration in the run-up to the 2008 crisis. They used a small trick I pointed to a while ago (just using a pipe, nothing fancy) that lets you generate the gif from ... [Read more...]

Make Shift-Enter do a lot in ESS

October 12, 2009 | kjhealy

If you use Emacs and ESS to run R, then here’s a nice tweak I found on the Emacs Wiki. The following bit of elisp goes in your .emacs file (or equivalent). Starting with an R file in the buffer, hitting shift-enter vertically splits the window and starts R ... [Read more...]

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