In new research published in the journal Science, David Lazer, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer and Information Sciences, and his colleagues analyzed the effectiveness of global-scale databases of news articles in understanding and predicting worldwide events. While Lazer and his team underscored that these systems hold great promise, they found these systems wanting—falling short when tested for reliability and validity. The article, “Growing pains for global monitoring of societal events,” by Wei Wang, Ryan Kennedy, David Lazer, and Naren Ramakrishnan, makes recommendations for improvements would enable researchers to build models anticipating everything from the escalation of conflicts to the progression of epidemics. Read the abstract and access the full article here.
September 29, 2016