Blog posts in the "R" category

Rossman's Simulation in R

I really enjoyed reading Gabriel Rossman’s recent article “The Diffusion of the Legitimate and the Diffusion of Legitimacy” in Sociological Science. It is a great example of the use of simulations in social theory. In the article, Rossman argues that the way in which an innovation will diffuse depends on its categorical legitimacy. That is, if an innovation takes place in a new category which is not legitimate yet, people will not just adopt it once they become aware of it.

Maps in R

I have spent quite a lot of time lately learning to use the R programming language for my work. Mainly I use it to perform statistical analyses, and I have to say that I am quickly falling in love with it. I had limited experience using Stata during grad school, and I never really liked it very much. But I have learned some Python and even C++ in the past, and since R is a full programming language its use is much more familiar and intuitive to me.