March 23, 2014

Spreadsheets and Global Mayhem

Somini Sengupta, New York Times

The Associated Press

Using machine-learning tools to draw inferences about the effects of each piece of information they analyzed, the researchers compiled a list of 15 countries facing the highest risk of genocide between 2011 and 2015. Central African Republic, which had been on no one’s radar at the time, came out at the top, followed by the Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad. Also on the list were some obvious contenders with continuing strife: Somalia, Afghanistan and Syria. They didn’t get everything right: Sri Lanka was on the list, but has witnessed no outbreaks of mass violence since 2011 — not yet, anyway.

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TAGGED: Nigeria, Afghanistan, Syria, Chad, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC Of Congo, Somalia, Central African Republic, Africa

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