COMPUTATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE – QuantGov: An Open-Source Platform for Policy Analytics – Patrick McLaughlin and Oliver Sherouse

When:
May 12, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
2017-05-12T15:00:00-04:00
2017-05-12T16:30:00-04:00
Where:
Center for Social Complexity Suite 3rd Floor, Research Hall, Fairfax Campus
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Karen Underwood
703-993-9298

COMPUTATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE FRIDAY SEMINAR

Patrick McLaughlin, Program Director and
Oliver Sherouse, Research Analyst
Program for Economic Research on Regulation
Mercatus Center
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.