Graph linear model plots with sjPlots in R

This blog post will look at the plot_model() function from the sjPlot package which can help visualise the coefficients in a model in a plot. Packages we need: We can look at variables that are related to the extent to which citizens’ access to state public services is equally distributed across socio-economic groups. The variable measures equal access access to basic public services, such as … Continue reading Graph linear model plots with sjPlots in R

Make a timeline graph with dates in ggplot2

We will use the geom_segment layer from ggplot2 to make a timeline graph! This layer takes both x and y as well as xend and yend inputs for the start and end of the segment lines in the plot. For our timeline, the x will be the start of each Irish Taoiseach’s term. The xend will be the end of their term, when they get … Continue reading Make a timeline graph with dates in ggplot2

Examining speeches from the UN Security Council Part 1

Let’s look at how many speeches took place at the UN Security Council every year from 1995 until 2019. I want to only look at countries, not organisations. So a quick way to do that is to add a variable to indicate whether the speaker variable has an ISO code. Only countries have ISO codes, so I can use this variable to filter away all … Continue reading Examining speeches from the UN Security Council Part 1

Create a correlation matrix with GGally package in R

We can create very informative correlation matrix graphs with one function. Packages we will need: First, choose some nice hex colors. Next, we can go create a dichotomous factor variable and divide the continuous “freedom from torture scale” variable into either above the median or below the median score. It’s a crude measurement but it serves to highlight trends. Blue means the country enjoys high … Continue reading Create a correlation matrix with GGally package in R

Add weights to survey data with survey package in R: Part 2

Click here to read why need to add pspwght and pweight to the ESS data in Part 1. Packages we will need: Click here to learn how to access and download ESS round data for the thirty-ish European countries (depending on the year). So with the essurvey package, I have downloaded and cleaned up the most recent round of the ESS survey, conducted in 2018. … Continue reading Add weights to survey data with survey package in R: Part 2

Add circular flags to maps and graphs with ggflags package in R

Packages we will need: Click here to add rectangular flags to graphs and click here to add rectangular flags to MAPS! Apropos of this week’s US news, we are going to graph the number of different or autocoups in South America and display that as both maps and bar charts. According to our pals at the Wikipedia, a self-coup, or autocoup (from the Spanish autogolpe), is a form of … Continue reading Add circular flags to maps and graphs with ggflags package in R

BBC style graphs with bbplot package in R

Packages we will need: Click here to check out the vignette to read about all the different graphs with which you can use bbplot ! We will look at the Soft Power rankings from Portland Communications. According to Wikipedia, In politics (and particularly in international politics), soft power is the ability to attract and co-opt, rather than coerce or bribe other countries to view your … Continue reading BBC style graphs with bbplot package in R

Add weights to survey data with survey package in R: Part 1

With the European Social Survey (ESS), we will examine the different variables that are related to levels of trust in politicians across Europe in the latest round 9 (conducted in 2018). Click here for Part 2. Click here to learn about downloading ESS data into R with the essurvey package. Packages we will need: The survey package was created by Thomas Lumley, a professor from … Continue reading Add weights to survey data with survey package in R: Part 1

Graph countries on the political left right spectrum

In this post, we can compare countries on the left – right political spectrum and graph the trends. In the European Social Survey, they ask respondents to indicate where they place themselves on the political spectrum with this question: “In politics people sometimes talk of ‘left’ and ‘right’. Where would you place yourself on this scale, where 0 means the left and 10 means the … Continue reading Graph countries on the political left right spectrum

Download European Social Survey data with essurvey package in R

The European Social Survey (ESS) measure attitudes in thirty-ish countries (depending on the year) across the European continent. It has been conducted every two years since 2001. The survey consists of a core module and two or more ‘rotating’ modules, on social and public trust; political interest and participation; socio-political orientations; media use; moral, political and social values; social exclusion, national, ethnic and religious allegiances; well-being, … Continue reading Download European Social Survey data with essurvey package in R