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Tools I use

Published

August 1, 2023

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My workflow has been very influenced by Kieran Healy’s The Plain Person’s Guide to Plain Text Social Science.

To this end, I make extensive use of emacs (the spacemacs variant, for which my dotfiles are on github). I will occasionally post explainers or tutorial posts on this (mostly so I can remember how did it six months ago!). There is not perfect why to use these tools or best way to get started and I would suggest just trying them out and customising them to your liking. Most of my workflow has been cribed from typing “thing I want emacs/spacemacs” into google and copying answers from github.

More to follow soon.

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Graphing

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SankeyMATIC - is a great way to work with and visualise sankey’s that doesn’t require writing any code! (its a web front-end for the excellent D3.js

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Mapping

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Leaflet - A interactive mapping tool which has great libraries in Python and R

Leaflet Tile Gallery - A neat website showing all the tile sets you can easily import into Leaflet.

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Open Source Tools

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A huge list of self-hosted open source tools