Social Sciences Computing


Social Sciences Computing offers technology support services for the faculty, staff and graduate students in Departments of Anthropology, Economics, Education, Political Science, Sociology, and the Weidenabum Center on the Economy, Government and Public Policy. 

SSC Reserved Computing Lab

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AV Services



Social Science Computing serves as the Designated Recipient of ICPSR for the Washington University campus.  If you need assistance in downloading ICPSR data, contact Jonathan Rapkin.

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Computation Resources – CHPC

Arts and Sciences has an agreement that lets all faculty and graduate students use the Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) clusters at the Medical School.

Request A CHPC Account

Computation Resources – Local Clusters

Social Science Computing maintains clusters for the use of students, faculty, and staff in the Departments of Political Science and Sociology.  Members of these departments should contact Jonathan Rapkin for more information.

Economics Mail Room Printing for PhD Students

Economics Graduate students are allowed to connect their personal machines to the printer located in the Economics Mail Room in Seigle 307 (or the printers in the Econ 1st Year Suite or The SSC Reserved Lab).

To install PaperCut and the Printer for Windows 7 Pro, please follow these instructions in order:

1.  Connect to the Washington University wireless network via WUSTL 2.0 or use a wired connection.  GUEST or off campus connections will not work for setup or use.

2.  You will need to download the PaperCut installation files here: PaperCut installation  

3.  Extract the folder and then run the PaperCut installer (client-local-install.exe) with all the default settings.  At the end, it will prompt you to enter you PaperCut username and password.  This is your WUSTL Key.  Enter your information and have the client save your credentials for ease of future access.

4.  Start Menu --> Control Panel --> Credentials Manager.  Click "Add a Windows Credential" and fill it out as follows:

Network location:

Username: AS-ACCOUNTS\[insert your WUSTL Key username]

Password: [your password - without brackets]

5.  Start Menu --> Devices and Printers --> Add a printer

6.  In the wizard that comes up, select "Add a Network Printer".  Select "The Printer that I want isn't listed."

7.  In the next screen, choose to Select a shared printer by name and enter this into the field:


8.  It should ask if you want to allow the printer to install the driver.  Say Yes, and continue until complete.

9.  You are all set up!  Try printing.  Each time you print, you must be on a secure WU connection (either WUSTL 2.0 or a wired connection) and running PaperCut.  PaperCut will prompt you on every print job.  Enter your WUSTL Key credentials and it should confirm your print before sending the job to the printer.

If you are having problems, please be sure you have followed all directions carefully. Failing that, contact Lucas for assistance, but printing from personally owned laptops is not a supported service. Mac printing instructions are not available. 

If you'd like to use the Economics owned printer in the Social Sciences Reserved Computing lab printer nstead of the Econ Mail Room printer, you would use the same path but type in "LA_EconGradLab instead" or for the first year suite use "LA_Econ1stYrSuite"



Washington University has a university-wide site license for Qualtrics.  This tool makes it easier for members of the campus community to build, share, distribute, and collect results from online surveys.  It is funded and managed through the Provost Office.

Qualtrics FAQ Qualtrics Tutorials


Numerous departments at Washington University use Tableau for data visualizations.  If you would like to have Tableau installed, contact your Department Support Representative.  For resources dedicated to Tableau, see the homepage for WU-TUG, the University-wide user group.

WU-TUG Website


Washington University has a site license for ArcGis.  If you need to have ArcGIS installed on your University owned PC, Please contact your Department Support Representative.

LaTeX Style Files

Various publishers' LaTeX Style files

Style files for Economics Journals

A lot of style files for Econ (namely Economtex) can be found on our CTAN repository.

R Resources

Where to obtain R

R is available for free.  Download links can be found below.

Resources about R

Arts and Sciences Computing supports the use and development of the R statistical software package. Accordingly, we provide the following links to resources about R.  The principal designer of S was John Chambers who works at Bell Labs and is a consulting professor of statistics at Stanford University.

Founders/What is R?

R is an implementation of the S programming language created by Ross Ihaka and Robert Gentleman.  It is often said that S is the language, R is the dialect.





  • Rvideos at Texas A & M has about 20 videos
  • ramstatdavid has roughly 25 videos
  • Jeromy Anglim has links to dozens of videos (beginner through advanced) on his blog.


Status of the R project

Building R packages

Scientific Applications for R

Questions about SSC Services?

Contact Jonathan Rapkin