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 “Novels are machines for falsely generating belief”… essay on fiction, by Zadie Smith in The New York Review of Books
 The Big Sleep, by Raymond Chandler
 Fiasco, by Thomas Ricks
 Adam and Allison Grant rewrite children’s books and much fiction: “Noble deed doers, you should first lecture the victims and help them help themselves more otherwise you are an enabler…”
 Great article in The New York Times about rural America and public services
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Category Archives: R statistics
Stata tip: Doing something conditional on existence of a variable in the dataset, using a local
In a program I am writing I want the same utility file to be run on different datasets and certain variables in the dataset. But the datasets have different sets of variables. So a nice Stata tip, adapted for my … Continue reading
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What students learning R in Econ 4142 can aspire to…
The ideal job for every Econ major! You can follow Levin on Twitter here. Matt Levin is the data dude for CALmatters. His work entails distilling complex policy topics into easily digestible charts and graphs, finding and writing original stories … Continue reading
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Is there a good way to download the coordinates of a path or route on google map into a file?
The folks at stackoverflow just dismissed this question. But is an honest and useful question to have answered, for some applications. And here is a good ttip from fentonsrule: This is something I learned on my own. If you create … Continue reading
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The perfect graph for every undergraduate statistics class, from Financial Times
I object to usage of “trend” to indicate “relationship” (for me “trend” implies over time) but that is just a quibble. Perfect illustration of importance of visualizing data. PS. Doug Campbell reminded me of importance of a title for the … Continue reading
Posted in Development thinking, R statistics
Reading in PDF files into R to do text analysis
Turns out Clay Ford at the University of Virginia wrote a nice tutorial for this, and a package does the trick very nicely. I tested the “update” at the bottom of the post which shows how to use the pdftools … Continue reading
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Stata gets a markdown package… will try this in coming weeks
Rigorous documentation of the analysis plan, procedure, and computer codes enhances the comprehensibility and transparency of data analysis. Documentation is particularly critical when the codes and data are meant to be publicly shared and examined by the scientific community to … Continue reading
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Noncitizens voting? Wonderful straightforward analysis from Ansolabehere, Luks, and Schaffner
Stepping back from the immediate question of whether the CCES in fact shows a low rate of voting among noncitizens, our analysis carries a much broader lesson and caution about the analysis of big databases to study low frequency characteristics … Continue reading
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