Status Report on International Interaction--December 1970 - January 1971,
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES
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This paper is the third a series of reports issued by the World EventInteraction Survey WEIS to summarize the status of the development of procedures for monitoring international interaction. Our first report introduced a method for monitoring international behavior by establishing non-crisis or normal levels of interaction against which we compared current activity. The measure of the volume of international interaction detects departures from what might be considered nations normal level of behavior--based upon WEIS interaction data from the previous five years. In our second report we expanded the method from two to twelve indicators for each of 118 countries. The broadened scope focused upon delineating between cooperative and conflictful behavior and comparing them to behavior history standards of one and five years in length. This present report presents the results of applying computerized processing to all 160 international actors carried in the WEIS data collection. In addition we are now introducing the behavior indicator, HREL, a proportional measure of the variety of alternative acts a nation might employ as it conducts its international political business.
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