Why It Took So Long To Update the U.N.-Sponsored Syria Death Count

538-logoIn this story, Carl Bialik of FiveThirtyEight interviews HRDAG executive director Patrick Ball about the process of de-duplication, integration of databases, and machine-learning in the recent enumeration of reported casualties in Syria.

New reports of old deaths come in all the time, Ball said, making it tough to maintain a database. The duplicate-removal process means “it’s a lot like redoing the whole project each time,” he said.

FiveThirtyEight
Carl Bialik
August 23, 2014
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