Muchlinski Co-Authors Article on Measuring Electoral Violence

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David Muchlinski, an assistant professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, has co-authored, “We need to go deeper: measuring electoral violence using convolutional neural networks and social media.”

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David Muchlinski, an assistant professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, has co-authored, “We need to go deeper: measuring electoral violence using convolutional neural networks and social media.” In the Cambridge University Press publication, artificial intelligence is used to measure electoral violence across three different elections.

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David Muchlinski, an assistant professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, has co-authored, “We need to go deeper: measuring electoral violence using convolutional neural networks and social media.” In the Cambridge University Press publication, artificial intelligence is used to measure electoral violence across three different elections. Through artificial intelligence, Muchlinski is able to obtain 30% more accurate results in measuring electoral violence than previously used models.  

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Electoral violence is conceived of as violence that occurs contemporaneously with elections, and as violence that would not have occurred in the absence of an election. While measuring the temporal aspect of this phenomenon is straightforward, measuring whether occurrences of violence are truly related to elections is more difficult. Using machine learning, we measure electoral violence across three elections using disaggregated reporting in social media. We demonstrate that our methodology is more than 30 percent more accurate in measuring electoral violence than previously utilized models. Additionally, we show that our measures of electoral violence conform to theoretical expectations of this conflict more so than those that exist in event datasets commonly utilized to measure electoral violence including ACLED, ICEWS, and SCAD. Finally, we demonstrate the validity of our data by developing a qualitative coding ontology.

To read Muchlinski’s new article, visit Cambridge University Press.

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Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (CISTP), Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

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Policy, Social Sciences, and Liberal Arts
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artificial intelligence, electoral violence, social media, elections, fake news, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts; Sam Nunn School of International Affairs;
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  • Created On: Sep 8, 2020 - 10:00am
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