Introduction to Math for Political Scientists, AKA “Math Camp,” starts on Monday. The class is an absolute blast to teach, but that’s not the subject of the post. I’ve made the slides for the course in rmarkdown because I mix math and R code together.1 I can then export them fairly easily to pdf slides via the rmarkdown package, which relies on pandoc to convert the markdown to latex and then compile the latex.
I hope that my last post convinced everyone that they need to use at least some kind of version control. Near the end of that post, I noted that git (and Github) are geared towards plain text files. In this post, I hope to convince you that plain text is your friend. If you’re coming from word processing land (like Microsoft Word or similar), then there can be a bit of a learning curve.