Will Lowe

I am a political methodologist specializing in statistical text analysis with applications to international relations, legislative politics, and frankly anything else that seems interesting.

For the next few months I’m Senior Researcher at the MZES and a C4 Project lead at the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 884, both at the University of Mannheim. Come August I’ll join the Q-APS program in the Department of Politics at Princeton.

Details of what I write about and the things I teach can be found in the links over to the right or in the trusty CV. You can find also find me answering questions on stats.stackexchange.com, writing code on GitHub, 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.


Meet rjca, a little R package that counts words, applies content analysis dictionaries, makes concordances, and other content analysis-y sorts of things. Here’s the package vignette. It supports multi-word pattern matching in dictionaries too. Try it. You might like it.

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.

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 got All Teh Bayes in two days.