Welcome to the star lab

Merging theory and statistics in the pursuit of political science.

The star lab provides state-of-the-art computing resources for political science scholars engaged in advanced modeling and statistical analysis. Substantive research areas include:

  • political economy
  • international conflict and international trade
  • voting behavior, elections, and political institutions in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America, among others.

A broad range of modeling and statistical research is undertaken in the lab, from specifying models and solving for their equilibria to employing statistical techniques, such as

  • Bayesian markov chain monte carlo estimation
  • bootstrapping
  • nonparametric regression
  • estimating strategic models
  • parallel processing

On this site, you can find links to data repositories, software developed by members of the Department, current faculty and student projects, a list of our technical courses, a link to the polRis site, help and FAQ files, links to other sites of interest, policies for using the star lab, and contact information.