# Blog

I blog semi-regularly about stuff. My blog entries—77 in total since I started this website in 2014—typically focus on some professional development stuff for an intended audience of undergraduate or graduate students in my discipline. Topics vary, but most focus on political science or parlor tricks in R or R Markdown that I think are worth sharing with the general public the extent to which they may help someone with their own research. To date, categories on my blog (and number of blog posts in that category) include Github (2), Jekyll (3), LaTeX (1), Linux (1), Political Science (26), R (37), R Markdown (13), RuPaul’s Drag Race (2), Site News (1), and Teaching (14).

A full listing of my blog posts follows.

- Rationalist Explanations for War: A Quick-and-Dirty Primer

**Category:**Political Science**08 Sep 2021** - How to (Meticulously) Convert Participant-Level Dispute Data to Dyadic Dispute-Year Data in R

**Category:**R Political Science**25 May 2021** - Handle Your Academic Projects/Papers in Rstudio with Make and {steveproj}

**Category:**R R Markdown**15 Mar 2021** - Grab World Bank Data in R with {WDI}

**Category:**R**25 Feb 2021** - How Should You Think About Your Priors for a Bayesian Analysis?

**Category:**R**08 Feb 2021** - A Quick Tutorial on Merging Data with the *_join() Family of Functions in {dplyr}

**Category:**R**22 Jan 2021** - A Quick Tutorial on Various State (Country) Classification Systems

**Category:**R**15 Jan 2021** - Clever Uses of Relational (SQL) Databases to Store Your Wider Data (with Some Assistance from {dplyr} and {purrr})

**Category:**R**17 Nov 2020** - Permutations and Inference with an Application to the Gender Pay Gap in the General Social Survey

**Category:**R Political Science**24 Oct 2020** - Another Academic R Markdown Article/Manuscript Template

**Category:**R Markdown**11 Sep 2020** - An R Markdown Template for a Non-Academic Résumé

**Category:**R Markdown**01 Sep 2020** - Some Parlor Tricks with Survey-Type Analyses in R

**Category:**R**21 Aug 2020** - A ggplot Calendar for Your Semester

**Category:**R Markdown R**15 Aug 2020** - An Illustration of Decision Trees and Random Forests with an Application to the 2016 Trump Vote

**Category:**R Political Science**01 Aug 2020** - An Aside on Jackie Cox's ''Firework'' Lip-Sync

**Category:**RuPaul's Drag Race**27 May 2020** - A Better Way to Include Random Effects for Mixed Effects Models in a Stargazer Table

**Category:**R**15 May 2020** - Revisiting Reinhart and Rogoff, Ten Years Later

**Category:**R Political Science**20 Apr 2020** - Summarizing Ordinal Models with Simulation from a Multivariate Normal Distribution

**Category:**R Political Science Teaching**13 Apr 2020** - How to Make the Most of Regression: Standardization and Post-Estimation Simulation

**Category:**R Political Science Teaching**07 Apr 2020** - The COVID-19 Initial Unemployment Claims Spike in Context

**Category:**R**26 Mar 2020** - What Do We Know About British Attitudes Toward Immigration? A Pedagogical Exercise of Sample Inference and Regression

**Category:**R Political Science Teaching**23 Mar 2020** - The Normal Distribution, Central Limit Theorem, and Inference from a Sample

**Category:**R Political Science Teaching**16 Mar 2020** - The Dow Jones' No Good, Very Bad Day in Context

**Category:**R**12 Mar 2020** - Bootstrap Your Standard Errors in R, the Tidy Way

**Category:**R**07 Mar 2020** - Comparing the Read/Save Times for RDS, {qs}, and {fst} Formats (or: All Hail {qs})

**Category:**R**18 Feb 2020** - Visualizing Random Measurement Error in R

**Category:**R**08 Feb 2020** - Graphing the Manufacturing Trends Under the Trump Presidency, in R

**Category:**R**31 Jan 2020** - Illustrate Some Correlation Limitations and Fallacies in R

**Category:**R**28 Jan 2020** - Create and Extend Strategic (International) Rivalry Data in R

**Category:**R Political Science**18 Oct 2019** - An Illustration of Instrumental Variables and a Two-Stage Least Squares (2SLS) Regression

**Category:**R**11 Sep 2019** - An R Markdown Template for Beamer Presentations

**Category:**R Markdown**17 Aug 2019** - The Political Ideology of Terrorism in the United States: The 1970s

**Category:**Political Science**09 Aug 2019** - How Bad America's Gun Violence/Mass Shooting Problem Is, Automated with R Code

**Category:**R Political Science**03 Aug 2019** - What Explains Union Density? A Replication of an Old Article with the {brms} Package

**Category:**R Political Science**02 Aug 2019** - Two Helpful R Markdown/Jekyll Tips for an Easier Blogging Experience

**Category:**R Markdown Jekyll**01 Aug 2019** - An R Markdown Approach to Academic Workflow for the Social Sciences

**Category:**R Markdown**23 Jul 2019** - Notes to Self: Configuring New Linux (Ubuntu) Installations for Your Workflow

**Category:**R Linux**09 Jul 2019** - An R Markdown Template for Memos

**Category:**R Markdown**17 Jun 2019** - An Empirical Analysis of RuPaul's Drag Race Contestants

**Category:**R RuPaul's Drag Race**17 Feb 2019** - Create Country-Year and (Non)-Directed Dyad-Year Data With Just a Few Lines in R

**Category:**R Political Science**28 Jan 2019** - How Should You Store/Load Your Bigger Data Sets? An Experiment With Six Waves of World Values Survey Data

**Category:**R**22 Jan 2019** - A Jekyll Template for Course Websites

**Category:**Jekyll Github**13 Aug 2018** - Mixed Effects Modeling Tips: Use a Fast Optimizer, but Perform Optimizer Checks

**Category:**R**28 Jun 2018** - Make Your Presentations Fun in Xaringan

**Category:**R Markdown**03 Feb 2018** - Outgroup Intolerance and Support for Democracy: An Analysis of White Americans in the World Values Survey Data

**Category:**Political Science**18 Aug 2017** - How Serious Are Americans About Democracy? An Exploratory Analysis of the AmericasBarometer Data

**Category:**Political Science**18 Jul 2017** - Set Up Google Scholar to Find Class Readings on Your Syllabus

**Category:**Teaching**13 Jul 2017** - Quickly Create Peace Years for BTSCS Models with sbtscs in {stevemisc}

**Category:**R**26 Jun 2017** - NATO Countries Spend Just Fine on Defense, and Other Observations

**Category:**Political Science**30 May 2017** - Age, Income, Partisanship, Racial Attitudes and the Trump Vote in 2016

**Category:**Political Science**27 Apr 2017** - The Kids May Be All Right: Millennials and Democratic Support

**Category:**Political Science**10 Dec 2016** - Donald Trump, Controversial Topics, and Public Opinion

**Category:**Political Science**05 Dec 2016** - What's the Matter with Wisconsin? Probably Not Vote Hacking

**Category:**Political Science**24 Nov 2016** - Automatically Do (Just About) Everything in Your Syllabus with R Markdown

**Category:**R Markdown**05 Jul 2016** - American Values, Democracy, and the 'Strong Leader' Problem

**Category:**Political Science**30 May 2016** - Put Your Laptops Away, Kids (Vol. 2)

**Category:**Teaching**11 May 2016** - Everybody Writes: A Web Content Approach for Students

**Category:**Teaching**06 May 2016** - The Educational Power of Discomfort

**Category:**Teaching**03 May 2016** - Fun with Attendance and Grades (i.e. Students Should Attend Class)

**Category:**Teaching**02 May 2016** - Make Your Academic CV Look Pretty in R Markdown

**Category:**R Markdown**05 Mar 2016** - An R Markdown Template for Academic Manuscripts

**Category:**R Markdown**10 Feb 2016** - At The Monkey Cage: Putin, Trump, and Citizen Preferences for 'Strong Leaders'

**Category:**Political Science**24 Dec 2015** - Assorted Tips for Students on Writing Research Papers

**Category:**Teaching**12 Dec 2015** - What Can Survey Data Tell Us About Public Opinion and the Gun Control Debate?

**Category:**Political Science**07 Dec 2015** - Create your Academic Website in Jekyll and Host it on Github

**Category:**Jekyll Github**16 Aug 2015** - Streamlining the Syllabus in LaTeX with advdate and datetime

**Category:**LaTeX**08 Aug 2015** - Syncing Word Values Survey Country Codes with CoW Codes

**Category:**R**29 Jun 2015** - Dos and Dont's of Writing for Students

**Category:**Teaching**13 Jun 2015** - Some #PSFrustrations from an IR Perspective

**Category:**Political Science**30 Apr 2015** - Moving from Beamer to R Markdown

**Category:**R Markdown**12 Feb 2015** - (Quasi)-automating the Inclusion of Random Effects in R's Stargazer Package

**Category:**R**07 Feb 2015** - How to Do a Literature Review

**Category:**Teaching**12 Nov 2014** - Taking Good Notes

**Category:**Teaching**12 Sep 2014** - Reading a Regression Table: A Guide for Students

**Category:**Teaching**13 Aug 2014** - A Beginner’s Guide to Using R

**Category:**R**09 Aug 2014** - Why Conservative Politicians Don’t Like Political Science

**Category:**Political Science**05 Jun 2014** - Hello world!

**Category:**Site News**28 May 2014**