Articles by Lesley Lathrop

Death penalty trend choropleths in R

August 15, 2018 | Lesley Lathrop

One of my favorite places to find new datasets is Jeremy Singer-Vine’s “Data is Plural” newsletter, which comes out most Thursday’s. There is always something there to pique my interest. From a recent edition I learned about law professor Brandon L. Garrett’s death penalty dataset, which identifies ... [Read more...]

Analyze party platforms in R the tidy way

July 31, 2018 | Lesley Lathrop

Let’s face it: When it comes to politics this country is exceedingly polarized. What I would like to do is quantify that polarization. To do this, I will use the platform documents that each of the political parties create during presidential election years. I’ll be using the tidy ... [Read more...]

Analyzing voter survey data with R

June 29, 2018 | Lesley Lathrop

I love polls. All kinds of polls, but especially political polls. I think I love them because I like politics and I also like to find out what’s going on in people’s heads, which is something that survey data allows one to do.So I was thrilled to ... [Read more...]

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