AAAI Publications, Twenty-Fifth International FLAIRS Conference

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Forecasting Conflicts Using N-Grams Models
Camille Besse, Alireza Bakhtiari, Luc Lamontagne

Last modified: 2012-05-16


Analyzing international political behavior based on similar precedent circumstances is one of the basic techniques that policymakers use to monitor and assess current situations. Our goal is to investigate how to analyze geopolitical conflicts as sequences of events and to determine what probabilistic models are suitable to perform these analyses. In this paper, we evaluate the performance of N-grams models on the problem of forecasting political conflicts from sequences of events. For the current phase of the project, we focused on event data collected from the Balkans war in the 1990's. Our experimental results indicate that N-gram models have impressive results when applied to this data set, with accuracies above 90\% for most configurations.

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