Computer Wonkistry

The Best Statistical Programming Language is …Javascript?

April 27, 2012 | Tony

R-Bloggers has recently been buzzing about Julia, the new kid on the statistical programming block. Julia, however, is hardly the sole contender for the market of R defectors, with Clojure-fork Incanter generating buzz as well. Even with these two making noise, I think there’s a huge point that everyone ... [Read more...]

Measuring the EIU Democracy Index (with Polity IV)

July 12, 2011 | Tony

Yet again, I have conjured up an (academically) unusual dataset on democracy! This time it’s the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index, a weird little gem.  The dataset is the basis for a paper the Economist publishes every two years.  Because of this biannuality, there is data estimating the “... [Read more...]

Using R for Stata to CSV Conversion

June 3, 2011 | Tony

I recently found myself in the unpleasant situation of needing to read a Stata .dta file, but not having Stata readily available to me. Normally, I’d fire up a text editor and deconstruct the file, except Stata saves its data in a proprietary Binary format, meaning it garbles some ... [Read more...]

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