Peter J Wilcoxen

PAI 789 Advanced Policy Analysis

General Information About the Course

General Information, Textbook and Requirements
General information that you may need at the beginning of the semester.
Course Outline
Preliminary lists of topics that will be covered this semester.
Revised Assignments and Grading
Updates for Spring 2020
Virtual Office Hours
Monday and Wednesday, 10:00-11:30 ET.
Virtual Friday Lab Session
Fridays 3:00-4:30 ET on 3/13 and then every Friday from 3/27 on.
Online Tips and Tools
Information about managing the transition to online classes.
Materials from Class Sessions
Where to find PowerPoint files and other materials from each class.


Mar 25 There's a new page listed above, Materials from Class Sessions, that has files discussed during class. 
Mar 23 The due date for the revised project will be April 24. See the revised assignment page for details. 
Mar 20 Starting March 23 class will be held via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. This page explains how to find the session. 
Mar 12 Starting March 23 I'll have Monday-Wednesday office hours on Zoom
Mar 12 Starting March 13 I'll have Friday lab sessions on Zoom
Feb 26 If you're up for some pretty geeky humor, here's an XKCD cartoon about Git
Feb 7 Today's lab will be at the regular time but in Eggers 111 instead of the CPR. 
Jan 22 Today's office hours will be moved to tomorrow, Thursday 1/23, from 2:00-3:15. 
Jan 21 This week's lab will be Thu 1/23 3:15-4:30 in the conference room in the Center for Policy Research in 426 Eggers. 
Jan 14 This week's lab will be Thu 1/16 4:00-5:30 in Eggers 209 (the PAIA conference room). 
Jan 13 Welcome! 


Solution Keys

Other Resources

Google Drive Folder for Data Files
Access to data files that aren't built into the assignment repositories.
New York State Property Tax Data
Data on all tax parcels in New York. Provided by county for parcel centroids.
Operator Precedence in Python
Table showing the order of precedence from highest to lowest.
Postman API Client
The website for the Postman application.
Remote Access to Class Sessions
Instructions for accessing class sessions.
Signup Page for a Census API Key
Get your own API key here.
Guidelines for Using GitHub
A few tips on how to use GitHub in this course.
Core Software
Download links for key software packages used throughout the semester.
Markdown Cheatsheet
A great quick reference guide
MaxLab Cluster
A cluster of virtual machines available for use by people from class.
Guidelines for Presentations
Please refer to these when preparing your talk at the end of the semester.
How to Open a Terminal Window on a Mac
A WikiHow article showing several ways to do it.
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Peter J Wilcoxen, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Revised 04/04/2020