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Christopher Gandrud
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Posting Elsewhere
FYI: most of my blog-type writing on software development and political economy is now on Medium or also at Bruegel (only political economy at Bruegel).
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End of 2015 Blog Roundup
Over the past few months I've mostly been blogging at a number of other venues. These include: A piece with Mark Hallerberg in Democracy Audit UK summarising our research on how, despite previous findings, democratic governments run similarly sizable bank b...
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More Corrections the the DPI’s yrcurnt Election Timing Variable: OECD Edition
Previously on The Political Methodologist, I posted updates to the Database of Political Institutions' election timing variable: yrcurnt . That set of corrections was only for the current 28 EU member states. I’ve now expanded the corrections to include mos...
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A Link Between topicmodels LDA and LDAvis
Carson Sievert and Kenny Shirley have put together the really nice LDAvis R package. It provides a Shiny-based interactive interface for exploring the output from Latent Dirichlet Allocation topic models. If you've never used it, I highly recommend checking...
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Simulated or Real: What type of data should we use when teaching social science statistics?
I just finished teaching a new course on collaborative data science to social science students. The materials are on GitHub if you're interested. What did we do and why? Maybe the most unusual thing about this class from a statistics pedagogy perspective wa...
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Set up R/Stan on Amazon EC2
A few months ago I posted the script that I use to set up my R/JAGS working environment on an Amazon EC2 instance. Since then I've largely transitioned to using R/ Stan to
estimate my models. So, I've updated my setup script (see below). There are a few oth...
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Do Political Scientists Care About Effect Sizes: Replication and Type M Errors
Reproducibility has come a long way in political science since I began my PhD all the way back in 2008. Many major journals now require replication materials be made available either on their websites or some service such as the Dataverse Network . This is ...
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