COMPUTATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE – QuantGov: An Open-Source Platform for Policy Analytics – Patrick McLaughlin and Oliver Sherouse
COMPUTATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE FRIDAY SEMINAR
Patrick McLaughlin, Program Director and
Oliver Sherouse, Research Analyst
Program for Economic Research on Regulation
George Mason University
QuantGov: An Open-Source Platform for Policy Analytics
Friday, May 12, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
Center for Social Complexity Suite
3rd Floor, Research Hall
The Mercatus Center at George Mason University recently launched QuantGov, an open-source policy analytics platform designed to facilitate policy-relevant research. QuantGov deploys text analysis and machine-learning algorithms to identify the latent governance indicators buried in policy documents, such as legislation or administrative code. QuantGov grew out of the RegData project, which was designed to capture novel metrics in regulations that would advance our understanding of the United States’ federal regulatory process in ways that were previously infeasible. QuantGov is the next generation in that project’s evolution.