“The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese”
Okay, I admit it, I’ve been a bit slow catching on to this blog thing. But they have become part of my regular
excuses to avoid doing real work professional reading, and in the meantime I’ve noted that not only do some of my friends and collaborators [a non-exclusive set…at least I hope so] have active blogs, but so does one of my grad students, …well, maybe it’s time for a blog
My intention is to keep this reasonably focused on three rather disparate topics
- social science methodology, usually topics related to statistical forecasting
- politics, particularly that dealing with violent political conflict and the post-democratic transition in the U.S.
- changes in the academic environment. And I do believe it is a’changing
Beyond that, I will just see where this goes.
Biographical Info, Take 1:
“A registered old fart who in any reasonably prudent traditional culture would have long
ago been strapped into a leaking canoe and sent out with the tide…”
Seven Deadly Sins of Quantitative Political Analysis, http://7ds.parusanalytics.com
Biographical Info, Take 2:
Philip Schrodt is a senior research scientist at the statistical consulting firm Parus Analytical Systems. He received an M.A. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University in 1976, and has held permanent academic positions at Pennsylvania State University (4 years), the University of Kansas (21 years), and Northwestern University (12 years), where he helped develop Northwestern’s programs on mathematical methods in the social sciences. He has also held research appointments in the United Kingdom and Norway, and has taught and done field research in the Middle East. Dr. Schrodt’s major areas of research are quantitative models of political conflict and computational political methodology. His current research focuses on predicting political change using statistical and pattern recognition methods, research that has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the U.S. government’s multi-agency Political Instability Task Force. Dr. Schrodt has published more than 90 articles in political science, is past president and a fellow of the Society for Political Methodology, and his Kansas Event Data System computer program won the “Outstanding Computer Software Award” from the American Political Science Association in 1995.
Additional “who is this guy??” links
Home page: http://philipschrodt.org
Parus Analytics: http://parusanalytics.com
Event Data Project: http://eventdata.parusanalytics.com
Github: https://github.com/philip-schrodt and https://github.com/civet-software/