Estimating important things with public data

Intro One of the neatest things I’ve learned about in the last few years is how to estimate effect sizes from coarsened data. The original article discussed using the method with publicly available data reported by statewide education agencies, and that’s the approach I’ll use here too. But more generally, the method could be applied in any situation in which a continuous distribution is reported out in ordinal bins. Background In case you’re unfamiliar, states administer tests to students at the end of the year in each of Grades 3-8, and once in high school, for all students in their state in English/Language Arts and Mathematics.

Looking into #KeepFamiliesTogether

This week I’m at the Seattle branch of the Summer Institute on Computational Social Science. Today, we discussed digital trace data and spent some time thinking about different sources of digital trace data. One of the easiest sources is twitter, and thanks to Mike Kearney, it’s easily accessible in R via the {rtweet} package! I joined a group addressing a topic I find myself dwelling on throughout the day - the immigration crisis at the border.

Peeking behind the curtain with {slidex}

I gave a lightning talk (slides here) this past weekend at the second annual Cascadia R Conference that was focused on creating and contributing new themes to the {xaringan} package, which is essentially a really well thought out and well-organized R Markdown wrapper around the remark.js package for producing beautiful HTML slides. At the end of that talk, I announced the work-in-progress version of my new R package, {slidex}, for converting Microsoft PowerPoint slides to R Markdown, and specifically {xaringan}, with a single function.

Writing an R Package Basics (and why I think you should)

On April 10, 2018, I gave a talk entitled Developing your first R package: A case study with esvis for the Eugene R Users Group. Although I discussed my esvis package, the focus of the talk was really on tools and tips for developing R pacakges. In this post, I’ll go over some of the content in that talk, and discuss why I think you should develop an R package.

New Website Theme!

This post has needed to be writtend for a little while, but I’ve been busy with the actual work of redesigning my website (in fact, I have a number of posts that are backlogged). This post will have a little bit of code (all of it CSS, rather than R), but mostly it’s just about my journey and things I’ve learned. Getting started with Blogdown In Yihui’s introduction to blogdown he advocates for simpler themes.