LaTeX <- pdfTeX, LuaTeX, XeTeX

I have been using LaTeX (with pdfTeX) for 20+ years now – to be honest I never bothered to understand the differences between the different TeX engines – here is an excellent article by Graham Douglas explaining the ins and outs of the TeX engine(s). … the article also features Overleaf a shared TeX environment … sweet!

Sublime autocompletion

They say about Sublime: “The text editor you will fall in love with” hmm – kind of did that. One reason being that when coding LaTeX in Sublime there is an awesome autocompletion feature: Type ‘enum’ and you get:       Shift + Enter within an itemize adds a new \item       AFK to cry … tears of joy 🙂 Everything stolen from here

Psychology as a reproducible Science

Is Psychology ready for reproducible research? Today the typical research process in psychology looks generally like this: we collect data; analyze them in many ways; write a draft article based on some of the results; submit the draft to a journal; maybe produce a revision following the suggestions of the reviewers and editors; and hopefully live long enough to actually see it published. All of these steps are closed to the public except for the last one – the publication of the (often substantially) revised version of the paper.

two good things come together LaTeX and Google Docs together in one nice (free)application – this is a brilliant idea, which gives you the power of LaTeX combined with the excellent collaboration possiblities of Google Docs – if I would have a button it would say “I like” … Here is a screenshot from the project page – with LaTeX code on one side and the final output on the other …

LaTeX looks more scientific

There are long discussions on the benefits of LaTeX over Word, but this statement from a (not too serious) paper of Andrew Gelman (a Professor of Statistics and Political Sciences at Columbia University) hits the spot:

LaTeX tips

Two things are often bothering when one starts to work with LaTeX: in text referencing of literature and Umlaute (for our German speaking friends) **** Referencing: Here is a list of 5 types of in text referencing. To get them to work in a LaTeX file you need to define a referencing style in your document (in the example I use APA – American Psychological Association), you can of course use any style you want!