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dc.contributor.authorDouglass, Rex W.
dc.contributor.authorHarkness, Kristen A.
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-16T10:30:07Z
dc.date.available2018-02-16T10:30:07Z
dc.date.issued2018-03-01
dc.identifier.citationDouglass , R W & Harkness , K A 2018 , ' Measuring the landscape of civil war : evaluating geographic coding decisions with historic data from the Mau Mau rebellion ' Journal of Peace Research , vol. 55 , no. 2 , pp. 190-205 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0022343318754959en
dc.identifier.issn0022-3433
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 251779473
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 395f4fa3-7ed2-4763-9c90-4a867b56d27a
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85044084156
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10023/12735
dc.descriptionThis research has been supported by grants from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (FA9550-09-1-0314) and the Department of Defense Minerva Initiative through the Office of Naval Research (N00014-14-0071).en
dc.description.abstractSubnational conflict research increasingly utilizes georeferenced event datasets to understand contentious politics and violence. Yet, how exactly locations are mapped to particular geographies, especially from unstructured text sources such as newspaper reports and archival records, remains opaque and few best practices exist for guiding researchers through the subtle but consequential decisions made during geolocation. We begin to address this gap by developing a systematic approach to georeferencing that articulates the strategies available, empirically diagnoses problems of bias created by both the data-generating process and researcher-controlled tasks, and provides new generalizable tools for simultaneously optimizing both the recovery and accuracy of coordinates. We then empirically evaluate our process and tools against new microlevel data on the Mau Mau Rebellion (Colonial Kenya 1952-1960), drawn from 20,000 pages of recently declassified British military intelligence reports. By leveraging a subset of this data that includes map codes alongside natural language location descriptions, we demonstrate how inappropriately georeferencing data can have important downstream consequences in terms of systematically biasing coefficients or altering statistical significance and how our tools can help alleviate these problems.en
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Peace Researchen
dc.rights© The Author(s) 2018. This work has been made available online in accordance with the publisher’s policies. This is the author created accepted version manuscript following peer review and as such may differ slightly from the final published version. The final published version of this work is available at https://doi.org/10.1177/0022343318754959en
dc.subjectArchival dataen
dc.subjectArmed conflicten
dc.subjectEvent dataen
dc.subjectGeoreferencingen
dc.subjectKenyaen
dc.subjectMau Mauen
dc.subjectJZ International relationsen
dc.subjectDT Africaen
dc.subjectDASen
dc.subject.lccJZen
dc.subject.lccDTen
dc.titleMeasuring the landscape of civil war : evaluating geographic coding decisions with historic data from the Mau Mau rebellionen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.description.versionPostprinten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of International Relationsen
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1177/0022343318754959
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden
dc.date.embargoedUntil15-02-20


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