“You don’t want to be seen with such a high-tech device when you meet local people and talk to informants” said the faculty. Our conversation had begun with the iPad, and we were contemplating if it was feasible to take the device to do field research this summer. The concern is certainly valid. Yet without [...]
Global Administrative Areas (GADM) is a spatial database of the location of the world’s administrative areas. Files are provided as Google Earth KMZ, shapefiles (.shp), ESRI geodatabase and as I was exited to see: as .RData files.
This procedure was used to run redistricting simulations with an R module called BARD (Better Automated ReDistricting). Since the same code needed to be run repeatedly for 2-200 seats and for all US states, a parallel computing environment was used.