Labeling Data for Image Segments Using Dropbox and Google Docs

For machine vision projects, I often need a quick and easy way to label images as training data. After a long false start with exporting images as cells in an excel file, I found a rather elegant online solution using dropbox to host image segments and google spreadsheets for labeling by myself or research assistants.


Extracting Data from Printed Tables in Historical Documents

A remarkable amount of data are hiding in historical records in hand written forms, electronic printouts, or typed tables. This post describes methods I use for three types of difficult documents consistently structured forms, inconsistently structured forms, and near machine readable tables.


APSA and Conferences

Henry Farrell on the Crookedtimber blog has an interesting account of how selections are made at conferences like APSA.

“The Political Economy of Academic Conferences”

Archival Research on an Industrial Scale Part 1

Political scientists and historians face at least four major problems in conducting archival research: time, resources, identifying the key information, and making that information available to others for replication purposes. Together these problems either put serious archival work out of the reach of graduate students/junior faculty or they encourage brief/shallow trips where the exercise becomes [...]

Archival Research: Custom Zotero Translators

With more and more archival material being put up on the web, it is important to have a system for downloading and organizing that material for your research. I use zotero for all of my citation management because 1) it automatically pulls cites and files from the web and 2) it can store them to [...]

Google Books and Microsoft OneNote for coding data

An encouraging norm is emerging where scholars release alongside their data, a large pdf of textual summaries and specific quotes used in the coding decision. I’ve tinkered with different systems for doing this including word, excel, and access, but what I have recently discovered works best is surprisingly Microsoft OneNote. OneNote offers at least four [...]

The Elevator Outline of a Dissertation

Outlining a dissertation or book project is difficult because it’s easy to get lost in the detail. I proposed the following outline to a colleague with the instruction to label each section separately and to adhere to the strict sentence limits.

The Puzzle (1 Sentence) Which we should care about because (1 Sentence) What is [...]