Welcome!

You’ve reached Will Lowe’s homepage. I am a political methodologist specializing in statistical text analysis with applications to international relations, legislative politics, and frankly anything else that seems interesting. Formally I’m Senior Researcher at Eurodata in the MZES, part of the University of Mannheim. I’m also part of the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 884, having a blast in Project C4.

Details of what I write about and the things I teach can be found in the links above or in the trusty CV. You can find also find me answering questions on stats.stackexchange.com, writing code on GitHub, R-Forge and Sourceforge, and – inevitably – wittering on Twitter. There’s a blog here too. Alternatively you can ponder some biographical stuff, or just a picture. Actually I look much older and more worn-out than that but you’re unlikely to get me to change it before I retire.

News

Spring has sprung, which means that increasing numbers of people are downloading my elderly content analysis software Yoshikoder. If you’ve done this and got an error message saying something about it being ‘damaged and cannot be opened’, then maybe read this.

Yet another short course, this time on R, for the Mittelbau Kolloquium at MZES. Previous experience suggests that there will be much translating from Stata to R, and some minor angst about the idea of having more than one kind of object.

I’m teaching a short course on ‘Bayesianism and Bayesian Statistics’ at the University of Bremen courtesy of Professor Rohlfing. A handful of lucky people are going to get All the Bayes in Two Days.

Come January I’ll be escaping the cold by teaching some quantitative text analysis at Texas A&M and then, with a bit of luck, reminding myself of what winter’s really like with Professors Proksch at McGill and Pétry at Laval. Short course there too, but on extracting data from the web.

In between these, Nicole Baerg will present our paper on inferring central bankers’ preferences at a banking conference and I’ll talk about text scaling (what else?) at the politics department Methods Seminar, both at Princeton.