Postdoctoral Researcher, Dept. of Social and Political Sciences, UniMi (IT)
Walk us through your resume: how did you get into the topic of your course?
I’ve been using R since the time of my PhD. That was quite a trauma: first year PhD student, not too comfortable with stats, using SPSS and Excel to do everything, taking a course in multivariate analysis with R taught by two masters of quantitative political science, Oli Proksch and Daniel Stegmueller. It was hardcore, but it was also fun. Since then I’ve used R in nearly every project I’ve worked on.
What will students learn by attending your classes?
They will learn that using R can make you feel empowered in a way that no other statistical software does. In practice they will learn to do everything that is needed for basic data analysis, as well as some features that make R so great for working with data and developing data products (like documents in pdf and HTML or presentations). Hopefully they will also start developing a workflow for data analysis that can make their life easier in the future.
How would your students describe you?
I guess easy-going, I hope funny.
Please, tell us something about yourself that’s not on your resume.
I like music and I really dislike low-quality beer.