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COVID-19 Tracker: Days since N

March 18, 2020
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COVID-19 Tracker: Days since N

There’s no shortage of dashboards and data-visualizations covering some aspect of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but not having come across a tool that allowed me to easily compare countries myself, I developed this COVID-19 Tracker shiny app both...

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Money, market value and competition in modern football

February 6, 2020
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Money, market value and competition in modern football

In this blog post, I use the market value estimations from the Transfermrkt website to evaluate the influence of money in the top-tier of European football. I trace the evolution of market value for the top 5 European leagues, compute a measure of the market concentration as a proxy for competitiveness within each league, and then estimate the relationship...

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Predicting household poverty in Latin America, Part II: Evaluating multi-class classification models with caret

October 30, 2019
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Predicting household poverty in Latin America, Part II: Evaluating multi-class classification models with caret

In this post, I evaluate the performance of some popular supervised classification algorithms using caret and the Costa Rican Household Poverty (CRHP) dataset provided by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), by way of Kaggle. The challenge and the data In Latin America, as in many other parts of the world, accurate targeting of social welfare programs is made difficult given the...

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Stata to R cheatsheet for Econometrics

October 10, 2019
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Stata to R cheatsheet for Econometrics

Within the field, Stata is the dominant software package for economists. I suspect a large portion of universities, like mine, still do alot of their teaching using it, and given its outsized influence, it’s probably still important to know how to us...

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