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.
Materials from Class Sessions
Where to find PowerPoint files and other materials from each class.


Repositories of Examples



Other Resources

Census Shapefiles
Links to the key download pages a the Census
City of Syracuse Open Data Portal
Includes GIS data.
Federal Election Commission
Data on political contributions.
FEMA Flood Map Service Center
Find flood maps by using the "Search All Products" tool and selecting "NFHL Data-County"
International Shapefiles
Links to pages that provide international GIS data.
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.
Seaborn Data Visualization Library
Very powerful Python module for statistical data visualization.
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
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