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Allstate Research and Planning Center

4200 Bohannon Drive · Menlo Park, CA

How to find us

Go to the main lobby at building 4200 and up the stairs to the second floor. The doors will be open.

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Megan Price of Benetech will talk on

"Using R to Conduct Human Rights Research"


Human rights research, and more specifically estimating the number of civilians killed in conflicts, may not seem like an obvious area of application for R. Yet many R features are key both to our research and work flow at the Benetech Human Rights Program. We use existing R packages (such as survey, rcapture, and bma) to conduct our key statistical analyses and rely on R's smooth integration with other languages (such as YAML, LaTeX, Python, and SQL) to generate data visualization and reports. Our commitment to transparent and reproducible research is also well suited by R since it is free and open source. In this talk I will present examples from our projects in Guatemala, Colombia and elsewhere and highlight the ways in which R improves our analytical capabilities, work flow, and deliverables.


6:30 - Networking and pizza

7:00 - Announcements

7:05 - Lightning talk: Randy Kerber of Kavaii Analytics will speak on Work flow Modeling

7:15 - Megan's presentation

8:30 - End of event