LaTeX workshop for Economics and Business Administration

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Introduction

Contrary to what many people believe, there are very good alternatives to Word (and PowerPoint). In the scientific world, though significantly less in the social sciences, the typesetting program LaTeX is often used. In many ways, including style, consistency, performance, and–most importantly–reproducability, LaTeX is far more superior than Word. The downside is that LaTeX has a far more steeper learning curve than Word. We therefore give two introductionary workshops for those students who are sincerely interested in using LaTeX (and some associated applications) and are willing to give it a try.

Moreover, being able to work with LaTeX enables you to better understand why so many scientific applications nowadays center around using plain .txt files, such as GitHub, R, Stata do files, SPSS sytax files, scriptfiles for ArcGis, HTML, blogs and data you can readily derive from websites such as Twitter and Google.

Be warned however, deciding to use new tools are usually costly in terms of time. However, in the end it is hopefully very rewarding, if not for only getting these pesky references right. Moreover, understanding LaTeX syntax might as well be helpful because most formulas nowadays used on internet (especially on Wikipedia) are created by LaTeX commands.

Details

For whom?

Students who are interested in using LaTeX for larger projects such as theses in combination with reference managers (in this case we mainly use BibTex but also show how to use Mendeley).

Tuition form

Two workshop of two hours each, where each workshop is characterized by in-class hands-on exercises.

Preparation

Each student willing to participate is highly encouraged to bring his or her own laptop and to install the required packages indicated on the download page. All materials to be used and downloaded are open source software (or at least free to use).

Compulsory?

No

Do you get any credits?

No

When and where?

Thursday, January 12 : 13:30 - 15:15 in 13A-24

Thursday, January 26 : 11:00 - 12:45 in 14A-20