• Computer Science, Physics
  • Published in ArXiv 2015

Understanding Civil War Violence through Military Intelligence: Mining Civilian Targeting Records from the Vietnam War

@article{Douglass2015UnderstandingCW,
  title={Understanding Civil War Violence through Military Intelligence: Mining Civilian Targeting Records from the Vietnam War},
  author={Rex W. Douglass},
  journal={ArXiv},
  year={2015},
  volume={abs/1506.05413}
}
Military intelligence is underutilized in the study of civil war violence. Declassified records are hard to acquire and difficult to explore with the standard econometrics toolbox. I investigate a contemporary government database of civilians targeted during the Vietnam War. The data are detailed, with up to 45 attributes recorded for 73,712 individual civilian suspects. I employ an unsupervised machine learning approach of cleaning, variable selection, dimensionality reduction, and clustering… CONTINUE READING
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