Posts Tagged ‘ wikileaks ’

In Search of Power-laws: WikiLeaks Edition

August 26, 2010
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In Search of Power-laws: WikiLeaks Edition

Yesterday, a commenter reminded me of the very popular hobby among scientists of searching for power-law distributions in large event data. While the commonality of scale invariance in event data is quite well known—particularly with respect to conflict data—this has not prevented many researchers from seeking and finding these patterns in data. As the commenter notes,

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Animated Heatmap of WikiLeaks Report Intensity in Afghanistan

August 17, 2010
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Visualisation of Activity in Afghanistan using the Wikileaks data from Mike Dewar on Vimeo.The latest visualization of the WikiLeaks data compiled by our group is an animation of the intensity of report observations in Afghanistan over the six year period in the WikiLeaks data. Team member Mike Dewar did the vast majority of work for

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Wikileaks Attack Data by Year and Type Projected on Afghanistan Regional Map

August 7, 2010
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Wikileaks Attack Data by Year and Type Projected on Afghanistan Regional Map

Below is a visualization of the Wikileaks data produced in collaboration with Michael Dewar. This plot shows attacks in the data set by year and type, projected onto a map of Afghanistan with district boundaries.This visualization is certainly not perfect, i.e., some colors are difficult to discern, but it does provide added insight to the

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Benford’s Law Tests for Wikileaks Data

August 1, 2010
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Benford’s Law Tests for Wikileaks Data

In my first post on the WL Afghanistan data I provided a very high-level view of the data, and found that it generally met expectations for frequency given its context and presumed data generating process. Next, I will look a bit deeper at this process and test if the observed frequencies of reports have properties

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