Video (starts at 10:15)
The political reality we know today is entirely manufactured. Can Big Data help us cut through the spin to see what is really going on? Yes it can. This talk will present several statistical techniques used on GovTrack.us to quantify what is really going on in the U.S. Congress, including applying Google's PageRank algorithm to Members of Congress, principle components analysis on bill sponsorship, and logistic regression on the success of bills.
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