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February 10, 2017

Machine Learning to Determine How Many People Have Been Killed in Syria | Megan Price | WiDS 2017

About This Video

The Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG) uses methods from statistics and computer science to quantify mass violence. As part of that work, we rely on open source tools, including python and R, for data processing, management, analysis, and visualization. This talk will highlight how we use those methods and tools to estimate how many people have been killed in the ongoing conflict in Syria.

Megan Price, Human Rights Data Analysis Group

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Executive Director, HRDAG (Human Rights Data Analysis Group)

As the Executive Director of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, Megan Price drives the organization’s overarching strategy, leads scientific projects, and presents HRDAG’s work to diverse audiences. Her scientific work includes analyzing documents from the National Police Archive in Guatemala and contributing analyses submitted as evidence in multiple court cases in Guatemala. Her work in Syria includes collaborating with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) and Amnesty International on several analyses of conflict-related deaths in that country. She has also contributed to analyses of “risk assessment” models used to make recommendations about pre-trial supervision in the United States.