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How to create semi-circle parliament graphs with the ggparliament package in R

Packages we will need: Check out part 1 of this blog where you can follow along how to scrape the data that we will use in this blog. It will create a dataset of the current MPs in the Irish Dail. In this blog, we will use the ggparliament package, created by Zoe Meers. With…

Wrangling and graphing UN Secretaries-General data with R

Packages we will need: According to Urquhart (1995) in his article, “Selecting the World’s CEO”, From the outset, the U.N. secretarygeneral has been an important part of theinstitution, not only as its chief executive,but as both symbol and guardian of theoriginal vision of the organization.There, however, specific agreement hasended. The United Nations, like anyimportant organization,…

Scraping and wrangling UN peacekeeping data with tidyr package in R

Packages we will need: For this blog post, we will look at UN peacekeeping missions and compare across regions. Despite the criticisms about some operations, the empirical record for UN peacekeeping records has been robust in the academic literature “In short, peacekeeping intervenes in the most difficultcases, dramatically increases the chances that peace willlast, and…

Visualise DemocracyData with graphs and maps

Packages we will need: In this post, we will look at easy ways to graph data from the democracyData package. The two datasets we will look at are the Anckar-Fredriksson dataset of political regimes and Freedom House Scores. Regarding democracies, Anckar and Fredriksson (2018) distinguish between republics and monarchies. Republics can be presidential, semi-presidential, or…

Exploratory Data Analysis and Descriptive Statistics for Political Science Research in R

Packages we will use: Before jumping into any inferentional statistical analysis, it is helpful for us to get to know our data. For me, that always means plotting and visualising the data and looking at the spread, the mean, distribution and outliers in the dataset. Before we plot anything, a simple package that creates tables…