Philip Leifeld
Philip Leifeld

Praise for Software Projects

This page shows praise by users. It is generated with the praise function in texreg.

Research funders and employers increasingly ask for evidence of impact. Sometimes this is easy to measure, like the number of people cured by the invention of some medication. It is considerably more difficult to demonstrate impact of research software. texreg, for example, has 8,500 downloads per month on CRAN alone, but I cannot see who the users are, what difference the software makes to their work, and where the users are distributed geographically. But I need to know these things to demonstrate the impact the software has.

To solve this problem, I have created the praise function in the texreg package. You should give it a try. It is currently in a separate development branch on GitHub (i.e., not available in the master branch or via CRAN) until the new version of texreg is rolled out later this year. The praise function accepts a minimum of three arguments: Are you an academic or non-academic user; what is the name of your organization; and can you share with us some general praise for texreg (in free-text form)? There are some optional additional details you can fill out as well. You should help us to document the impact of the software by using the function to submit your praise to this website. The praise you submit is shown below. I will point funders to this website and collate some quotes for reports. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us! Enjoy browsing the feedback!

Praise for texreg (received 07/04/2019 from Glasgow)

Organization: University of Essex

Name: Philip

User type: academic

General praise:
Just some text to try it out...

Praise for texreg (received 26/03/2019 from Glasgow)

Organization: University of Glasgow

Name: Philip Leifeld

User type: academic

General praise:
I am the author of the texreg package. It's a fun project to work on. Also, you should contribute through bug fixes and development, praise, or by becoming a patron! See https://github.com/leifeld/texreg.

How does the software increase your productivity?
The package saves me an incredible amount of time when I write articles. (I also spend a lot of time developing it, so it's probably a negative balance overall, but still...

How does the software increase the quality of your work?
texreg allows me to compare multiple models side-by-side as a more useful replacement of the summary function. Makes me build better theories.

When did you start using the software?
I started using the package in 2012 (when I created it).

Which models or methods do you use in your work?
Dealing mostly with ergm and other network models.

How many other users do you know?
I meet texreg users every time I give a talk somewhere. It's amazing how many users we have! Thanks for your loyalty!

Praise for texreg (received 25/03/2019 from Glasgow)

Organization: University of Glasgow

User type: academic

How does the software increase the quality of your work?
Makes formatting tables so easy it feels like a cheat code!

Praise for texreg (received 24/03/2019 from Glasgow)

Organization: University of Glasgow

Name: Philip Leifeld

User type: academic

General praise:
cool stuff!

How does the software increase the quality of your work?
Man I've never had such pretty tables!