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Talk on Bill Tracer and Analyzing Government Datasets

June 24, 2014

I gave a talk today at the 2014 MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference. Here are some links from my presentation:

Estimating Policy Trajectories During the Financial Crisis: Full Paper

Using Algorithmic Attribution Techniques to Determine Authorship in Unsigned Judicial Opinions: Full Paper | NPR Article

Thanks to the efforts of journalists, open government advocates, civic hackers, and open-source projects, huge government datasets have become available. I think there's an opportunity to use machine learning, data science, and language technologies to help people understand law, politics, and public policy.

Thank you for attending the talk! Please get in touch by email ( or on Twitter (@williampli). It'd be great to get your ideas and continue the conversation.

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