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    Research Brief

    Facts vs. Opinions: How the News Is Changing in the Digital Age

    May 13, 2019

    Technology has transformed how people get information. But it has also affected the way that information is produced, shared, and disseminated. How much has the presentation of news actually changed over the last three decades?

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    Q&A

    Modeling the Future of COVID-19: Q&A with RAND Experts

    May 26, 2020

    The phrase “flatten the curve” familiarized Americans with epidemiological models used to estimate virus transmission, cases, and potential deaths from COVID-19. But new models are needed as the country enters a different stage of the crisis.

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    Report

    License Plate Readers Are an Important Police Tool, but Hurdles Remain

    Systems that automatically read automobile license plates have the potential to save police investigative time and increase safety, but law enforcement officials must address issues related to staffing, compatibility, and privacy before the technology can reach its full potential.

    Jul 2, 2014

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    Commentary

    How Do We Deal with a Flood of Data?

    Despite the battle-tested value of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems, the amount of data they generate has become overwhelming to Navy analysts. If the Navy does not change the way it processes information, it will reach an ISR “tipping point”—as soon as 2016.

    Jun 23, 2014

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    News Release

    'Cloud' System Could Help Navy Analysts Consume Expanding Ocean of Data

    The Navy has a growing demand for intelligence to help Navy vessels avoid collisions, pinpoint targets, and perform other vital tasks. But the amount of data it may collect in the future is more than it can process today. Cloud strategies offer promising options.

    May 5, 2014

  • The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 resumed even as senior Australian officials warned that bad weather and a lack of reliable information were seriously impeding efforts.

    Commentary

    Why 'Big Data' Can't Find the Missing Malaysian Plane

    The failure to find the missing aircraft demonstrates anew the serious gaps in data coordination and challenges public assumptions about the thoroughness and simplicity of searching the world's data for answers.

    May 1, 2014

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    Report

    'Cloud' System Could Help Navy Analysts Consume Expanding Ocean of Data

    The Navy has a growing demand for intelligence to help Navy vessels avoid collisions, pinpoint targets, and perform other vital tasks. But the amount of data it may collect in the future is more than it can process today. “Cloud” strategies offer promising options.

    May 1, 2014

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    Commentary

    Predictive Policing: An Effective Tool, but Not a Crystal Ball

    Predictive policing is not an end-all solution, but rather a tool that must be used in concert with other policing resources as part of a broader anti-crime effort. Used properly, predictive policing can predict the risk of future events, but not the events themselves.

    Nov 14, 2013

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    Dissertation

    Analyzing Defense Laboratory Patenting and Innovation

    A new approach to measuring research and innovation performance uses patents by examining the trends in patent filings over time within organizations and within technology classes.

    Oct 17, 2013

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    Research Brief

    Forecasting Crime for Law Enforcement

    Predictive policing is the use of analytical techniques to prevent crime or solve past crimes. An assessment of some of the most promising technical tools and tactical approaches offers recommendations for police and developers.

    Oct 14, 2013

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Between Large-N and Small-N Analyses: Historical Comparison of Thirty Insurgency Case Studies

    The authors study the 30 insurgencies occurring between 1978 and 2008 using four methods crossing the qualitative/quantitative divide.

    Oct 1, 2013

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    Report

    The Role of Crime Forecasting in Law Enforcement Operations

    Predictive policing methods fall into four general categories: methods for predicting crimes, predicting offenders, predicting perpetrators' identities, and predicting victims of crime. These methods are not equivalent to a crystal ball, but they can enhance proactive policing and improve intervention strategies.

    Sep 25, 2013

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    Journal Article

    International Comparative Performance of Mental Health Research

    Using data mining techniques, this paper provides a bibliometric assessment of mental health research (MHR) outputs from 1980 to 2011.

    Jan 1, 2013

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    Journal Article

    Using Logistic Approximations of Marginal Trace Lines to Develop Short Tests

    Specfic computations can obtain logistic approximations of marginal trace lines for graded response items derived from multidimensional bifactor item response theory (IRT) models.

    Jan 1, 2013

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Machine Learning Methods in Systematic Reviews: Identifying Quality Improvement Intervention Evaluations

    Electronic searches typically yield far more citations than are relevant, and reviewers spend a substantial amount of time screening titles and abstracts to identify potential studies eligible for inclusion in a review.

    Sep 1, 2012

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Thinking Inside the Box: A Participatory, Computer-Assisted Approach to Scenario Discovery

    This paper systematically describes the scenario discovery concept and its implementation, presents statistical tests to evaluate the resulting scenarios, and demonstrates the approach on an example policy problem involving the efficacy of a proposed U.S. renewable energy standard.

    Jan 1, 2010

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Do We Need Better Predictions to Adapt to a Changing Climate?

    Many scientists have called for a substantial new investment in climate modeling to increase the accuracy, precision, and reliability of climate predictions.

    Mar 31, 2009

  • Report

    Report

    Making Sense of Data-Driven Decision Making in Education

    Data-driven decision making, applied to student achievement testing data, is a central focus of many school and district reform efforts. Yet many unanswered questions remain about the use of data to inform decisions and the effects on student achievement.

    Nov 7, 2006

  • Report

    Report

    Collecting the Dots: Problem Formulation and Solution Elements

    Investigates barriers to circulating information important for anticipating disasters and describes approaches for bringing information together in a meaningful way.

    Dec 20, 2004

  • People

    People

    Joe Eyerman

    Senior Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in political science, Florida State University; M.A. in political science, Miami University-Oxford; B.A. in political science, Muskingum College

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    People

    Ishita Ghai

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.B.A. in marketing, business analytics, University of California, Davis; Ed.M. in international education policy, Harvard University; B.Tech. in bioinformatics, Vellore Institute of Technology

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    People

    Kenneth J. Girardini

    Senior Operations Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in electrical engineering, University of California, Los Angeles