Data Science

  • News Release

    RAND and Poynter Develop Policy-Focused Educational Opportunities for Journalists

    The RAND Corporation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution, is partnering with the Poynter Institute, a global nonprofit dedicated to journalistic excellence, to develop education and training for journalists on today's most pressing policy issues and the process of research and analysis.

    Jul 6, 2022

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    RAND x Poynter: Custom Policy Education for Journalists

    RAND Corporation is partnering with the Poynter Institute to create innovative educational opportunities for journalists. Programming will focus on breaking down the policy research process and how policy issues affect the audiences that journalists serve.

    Jul 6, 2022

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    The Threat of Deepfakes

    Various AI technologies are ripe for use in disinformation campaigns. Deepfake videos represent an obvious threat, but voice cloning, deepfake images, and generative text also merit concern. And websites now offer access to deepfake services.

    Jul 6, 2022

  • A screen showing the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) which maps various types of opioid overdose responses entered into an app by first responders and is being adopted by police, July 19, 2017, photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters


    Giving Drug Policy Decisionmakers the Data They Need

    Better data and analysis can help improve federal drug policy responses. With the appropriate funding, the United States could enhance its drug data infrastructure and ensure that drug policy is based on high-quality information.

    Jun 24, 2022

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    The Metaverse: What It Is and Is Not

    The metaverse is quickly expanding, but its meaning remains unclear. Until an agreement on a definition of “metaverse” is reached, efforts to manage the technology development and related public policy could be muddled at best.

    Jun 20, 2022

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    When IT Meets Medical Innovation: Regulatory and Policy Challenges for Software as a Medical Device

    The demand for using software to improve health care, including software as a medical device (SaMD), is on the rise. Realizing the potential benefits of the growing demand for SaMD may require clearer and more-consistent regulation of patient safety and medical effectiveness.

    Jun 10, 2022

  • Brochure


    RAND Arroyo Center Annual Report 2021

    This Annual Report illustrates the depth, breadth, and responsiveness of the studies that RAND Arroyo Center conducted for the Army in 2021.

    Jun 10, 2022

  • Report


    America's 5G Era: Balancing Big Data and Privacy

    In this report, researchers discuss how the United States should seek to balance the potential gains of the era of fifth-generation wireless networks with the potential loss of privacy and of control of personal data.

    Jun 2, 2022

  • Report


    Disclosure of Software Supply Chain Risks

    This Perspective presents a set of proposed disclosure rules that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission could implement to help address software supply chain risks and improve security.

    May 26, 2022

  • Report


    Contractor Risk and Performance Indicators: Prototype Functional Specification and Developer Document

    This report presents the technical design and architecture of a RAND-developed software prototype that assesses relative contractor risks in Department of the Air Force acquisition contracts and programs as described in two companion reports.

    May 16, 2022

  • Report


    Early Predictive Indicators of Contractor Performance: A Data-Analytic Approach

    This report presents initial insights and approaches in exploring and prototyping methods to identify potential contractor performance risks for the Department of the Air Force earlier than would be typically reported via traditional methods.

    May 12, 2022

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    Tracking Migration Amid War and Disease

    Researchers from RAND and RAND Europe have been working on a way to better track migrant numbers, country by country and state by state, in almost real time. They do it by tapping into one of the largest information-gathering operations on the planet, Facebook.

    Apr 28, 2022

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    Algorithms Teach Us Why Equity Is Hard

    If all the shortcomings of humanity were stripped away, equity would still be an elusive goal for algorithms for reasons that have more to do with mathematical impossibilities than backward ideologies. But even if attaining equity is fundamentally difficult, seeking it is not futile.

    Mar 28, 2022

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    Social Media Can Provide Insights About Chemical Weapons Incidents

    Social media can be collected instantly, can tap into a massive pool of observers, and is remotely accessible. Researchers developed a new approach for analyzing social media data to derive insights about chemical incidents. They used chemical weapons employment in Syria as a test case.

    Mar 21, 2022

  • Report


    U.S. Air Force Enlisted Classification and Reclassification: Potential Improvements Using Machine Learning and Optimization Models

    The authors review options for improving processes for classifying and reclassifying enlisted active-duty, non–prior service airmen for initial skills training in the United States Air Force.

    Mar 14, 2022

  • Periodical


    RAND Review: March-April 2022

    The cover story describes a yearlong study of a group of military veterans experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. Other features examine the global digital skills gap and the magnitude and sources of disagreement among gun policy experts.

    Mar 10, 2022

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    Terrorism Research: How RAND Defined and Built a New Field of Knowledge

    In the early 1970s, amid a worldwide rash of bombings, hijackings, and hostage-takings, RAND researchers began creating the first international database of terrorist incidents. Maintained until 2009, it chronicles more than 40,000 terrorist attacks since 1968.

    Mar 9, 2022

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Demonstrating Trustworthiness When Collecting and Sharing Genomic Data: Views Across 22 Countries

    We examine how participants from 22 countries perceived the relative value of measures to demonstrate the trustworthiness of those using donated DNA and/or medical information.

    Feb 10, 2022

  • Brochure


    Roadmap of Scalable Analytic Methods

    Scalable analytic methods refers to a collection of data-intensive methods, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, and data science. This infographic illustrates how these methods relate to traditional analytical approaches.

    Feb 9, 2022

  • Report


    Relative Contractor Risks: A Data-Analytic Approach to Early Identification

    The authors prototyped a new way to apply data analysis on a variety of government and commercial data sources to assess the relative contractor performance risks in Air Force acquisition contracts and programs.

    Feb 4, 2022