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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

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  • Jim S.

    Megan Price's presentation was excellent.

    April 11, 2012

  • David S.

    Thanks Megan for such an excellent talk! Megan's slides are available from the Files section of the group, and can be downloaded here:

    April 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought the speaker had the perfect combination of R info and subject matter. I enjoyed learning about the work at Benetech.

    April 11, 2012

  • Will F.

    2 out of 3 speakers were great.
    the 3rd (impromptu speaker) riveting while not great.

    April 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent talk, despite some disrespectful audience members.

    April 11, 2012

  • Tim S.

    Very interesting talk! Kudos to Dr. Price and Benetech for doing such innovative and important work.

    April 11, 2012

  • Christopher

    Megan Price is a charismatic speaker. Nice presentation.

    April 11, 2012

  • Gary M.

    Really nice presentations tonight - thank you. I appreciated the open discussion of limitations, how they were handled, and how they impacted the final results of each project. Very thoughtful audience questions too, for the most part.

    April 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone interested in carpooling, leaving from Oakland, Rockridge BART at 5:30. Safe driver with some 20 years without accidents (counting at fault or otherwise). Can talk about R and Hadoop to boot. Can take 2 people.

    April 10, 2012

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