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McLaughlin, Sherouse: QuantGov

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The final speakers in the spring semester schedule of Friday CSS seminars will be Patrick McLaughlin, Program Director and Oliver Sherouse, Research Analyst Program for Economic Research on Regulation, Mercatus Center, George Mason University. The talk, entitled “QuantGov: An Open-Source Platform for Policy Analytics ” (abstract below), is scheduled for Friday, May 12, at 3:00pm in the Center for Social Complexity Suite located on the 3rd floor of Research Hall. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session along with light refreshments.

This session will be live-streamed on the newly created CSS program YouTube channel.

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For a list of upcoming and previous seminars, click here.

We hope to see you on Friday, May 12th.

Please note this is the last seminar for the spring semester. A new schedule will commence in the fall.

Abstract: 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.