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Automated Democracy Scores

Thiago Marzagão


This papers uses natural language processing to create the first machine-coded democracy index, which I call Automated Democracy Scores (ADS). The ADS is based on 42 million news articles from 6,043 different sources and cover all indepen- dent countries in the 1993-2012 period. Unlike the democracy indices we have today the ADS is replicable and has standard errors small enough to actually distinguish between cases.


democracy; measurement; natural language processing

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12660/bre.v37n12017.58160

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