A colleague determined to conquer R (or at least become functionally fluent) bemoaned recently R's inaccessible documentation and obtuse manuals. To be sure, the price is right (R is free open-source), but she is now looking for suggestions on helpful, basic, and more user-friendly "How-To" books for R. As this is the Holiday season I agreed to pass along her request. Suggestions (and comments) welcome.
Over at PrawfsBlawg Dan Markel (Fl. St.), with tongue planted firmly in cheek (presumably, hopefully), identifies an interesting research opportunity (here) for empiricists in general and T&E scholars in particular. Gallows humor aside, Dan's post backs into an important point--the relative paucity of well-structured natural experimental research designs for legal scholars.
The good folks at the Law School Admission Council's (LSAC) recently mentioned that the nomination deadline for the 2010 Shelton Prize consideration is 1 February
2010. It's nice to see
such recognition for and attention to empirical legal research; salient information follows.
Philip D. Shelton Prize for Outstanding Legal Education Research
The Shelton Prize is for outstanding published empirical research
related to legal education. The first prize of $5,000 will be awarded
in 2009 for research published in 2008 or 2009. The winner(s) will be
invited to present their work at the LSAC annual meeting, which will be
held in Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2-5 June 2010. Winners will be announced in
the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Nominations are now being accepted for this prize. Please send a
copy of the nominated article and brief information about the author(s)
Stephen T. Schreiber Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer LSAC 662 Penn Street Newtown, PA 18940 sschreiber@LSAC.org
Again, nominations must be received by no later than 1 February 2010 to be considered for the 2010 Shelton Prize.
"Modern copyright law is based upon a theory: increase copyright
protection and you increase the number of creative works available to
society. ... In this Article, we use statistical analysis to test the theory that
increasing copyright protection usually increases the number of new
creative works. Relying upon U.S. copyright registrations from 1870
through 2006 as a proxy for the number of works created, we consider
how four variables—population, the economy, legal changes, and
technology—influenced subsequent copyright registrations. Our findings
cast serious doubt on the idea that with copyright law, one size fits
all. While individual legal changes may be associated with changes in
subsequent copyright registrations, the overall relationship between
changes in copyright law and registrations is neither consistent nor