The Keyword Option in the Analytic Early Warning and Monitoring System
INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH CORP MCLEAN VA
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The Early Warning and Monitoring System EWAMS now consists of three modules The country-level indicator CAP Country Activity Profile, the basis for a country scanning option which will be refined and expanded in the future Analytic Indications and Warning IW and Automated IW. This memorandum discusses the function of keyword, provides an overview of its uses, and presents sample output for a variety of actors and contexts. The keyword option is designed to perform keyword-based content analyses of the WEISEWAMS data. As has been emphasized in earlier EWAMS reports, the Early Warning and Monitoring System features three basic functions information retrieval international relations tracking or monitoring and crisis and conflict warning. Keyword is especially relevant to the information retrieval dimension. A specific example is the capability of tracking a particular issue or personality across time. A second illustration is the possible use of the keyword option for retrieving current and recent textual items without having to look at all of the text. A third way to use keyword is as a supplement to historical searches. Historical search, a feature of automated IW, permits a user to obtain indicator readings for any country pair or set of regions in the world. A fourth illustration of the utility of the keyword option concerns in-depth case studies of a particular country, country pair, or region. Case studies are presented.
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