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June 03, 2010


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A couple of updates: I should also have mentioned two political scientists at NYU with some great analysis done with R and that we've featured on this blog before: Adam Bonica and Drew Conway. Also, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com has just signed with the New York Times (including contributions to the print edition), so we can expect to see these in-depth statistical analyses getting more mainstream media coverage.

Simon HIX

Thanks Vincent, I've corrected the post (I also mispelled Vivyan).

The oldest and best known R political graphics on the Web were done by Charles Franklin (originally at his own blog politicalarithmetik.blogspot.com), but in recent years at pollster.com (http://www.pollster.com/blogs/charles-franklin/). The pollster.com tracking graphics are now done in Flash for interactivity, but identical in appearance to the R versions that circulated for many years.

The weekly Economist/YouGov poll (http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica) also includes R graphics. (In fact, all of the tabulations posted on the Economist site are also produced by R, which are then output to LaTeX and then PDF.)

Thanks for the info Doug, very interesting! I was particularly interested to learn that the Economist uses R for graphics and tables.

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