Mauricio "Pachá" Vargas Sepúlveda

About me | Research | Open Source | Datasets | Books | R and Shiny Training | Blog

About me

I am a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Toronto. My research interests include International Relations, Canadian Politics and Public Policy, with a focus on the politics of trade agreements and sanctions. I have a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Toronto, a Master of Science in Statistics from the Catholic University of Chile, and an Engineering degree from the University of Chile. I can provide my CV (academic/professional) upon request. You can reach me at (please remove the +removethis).

Because of the quantitative nature of my research, I have developed a strong interest in data science and programming. You can check my GitHub profile, where I have organized my open source projects, most of them are related to gravity estimation besides data wrangling with R and data visualization with Shiny. This is detailed in the Open Source section.

I also have a blog where I organize different notes, such as Creating LaTeX figures with Inkscape, A Crash Course on PostgreSQL for R Users, and A step by step guide to write an R package that uses C++ code (Ubuntu).

Trivia: My blog post Comparing SQLite, DuckDB and Arrow with UN Trade Data made it to the top ten on Hacker News.

It is very likely that you got here by mistake. For some reason, Pacha is a bread brand, which apparently is a nice sourdough that is organic, gluten-free, vegan, and naturally fermented. Their website is this one.

Random reference of the day (brought to you with JavaScript)

Valid HTML 4.01 Strict