Parsing human rights via machine learning

Are human rights around the world improving?  It’s a big question. Have decades of attention from governments and non-governmental organizations such as Amnesty International had any effect? Pitt political science professor Michael Colaresi sought to answer that question by analyzing language in U.S. State Department human rights reports using a machine learning model powered by Pitt CRC to parse millions of words of text, a task which otherwise would require countless human hours. 

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