Konstantin Kashin

Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University

Konstantin Kashin is a Fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University and will be joining Facebook's Core Data Science group in September 2015. Konstantin develops new statistical methods for diverse applications in the social sciences, with a focus on causal inference, text as data, and Bayesian forecasting. He holds a PhD in Political Science and an AM in Statistics from Harvard University.

Setting Up and Using LaTeX

LaTeX is a powerful document preparation system. While the start-up costs may seem high, it allows one to output high-quality and customizable pdf documents. LaTeX is a document markup language, meaning that it consists of syntax that specifies to the program how the document is to be formatted - that is, typesetting instructions. More common examples of markup languages are HTML and XML. Markup embedded in a LaTeX document conveys formatting and processing specifications to the TeX engine.

To begin using LaTeX, you will need two things:

  • LaTeX front end / text editor to write a .tex file
  • LaTeX compiler that processes the .tex file and outputs the final document

The compiler and editor you install are going to be dependent upon your operating system. There are a variety of text editors that can create and edit .tex files, and so there is plenty of room for personal preference. Note that an editor is often bundled with the TeX engine.



Additional Resources:

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*Thanks to Matt Blackwell for lending some of his materials.