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Conference on Quantitative

Social Science Research Using R

The R software and Graphics system is fast becoming the Lingua Franca of empirical quantitative research. it is freely available on the Internet to anyone. The advantages of R include numerical accuracy and availability of some 1600 contributed packages.

This conference is about applications of the R software and Graphics system to important policy and research problems, not about R per se. It provides an excellent opportunity to bring together researchers from various disciplines using R in their reproducible research work. We hope to provide practical help to students and researchers alike.

Research papers presented can be both theoretical and applied, but their quantitative results will have to be reproducible via an R software program (called snippet). The two-day conference will be of interest to academics from a wide range of quantitative disciplines including all social sciences plus representatives from government, multilateral institutions, NGOs, professionals doing quantitative work in law, business, risk management, the UN and students. Since some papers are expected to dwell on important public policy matters, we expect the media to attend.

This conference provides a rare opportunity for those interested in quantitative methods as well as the R system of computing and graphics to come together and exchange ideas and practical tools. We do expect to have poster sessions and encourage wide participation by students currently using R. We also expect to produce a CD containing R software and all accepted research papers. The authors will retain the copyright and will be free to submit them for publication.

A Proceedings Volume is planned. An Economics journal is also interested in publishing selected papers.

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