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Conflict Analysis Using Bayesian Neural Networks and Generalized Linear Models

N. Iswaran and D. F. Percy
The Journal of the Operational Research Society
Vol. 61, No. 2 (Feb., 2010), pp. 332-341
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40540256
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Conflict Analysis Using Bayesian Neural Networks and Generalized Linear Models
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Abstract

The study of conflict analysis has recently become more important due to current world events. Despite numerous quantitative analyses on the study of international conflict, the statistical results are often inconsistent with each other. The causes of conflict, however, are often stable and replicable when the prior probability of conflict is large. As there has been much conjecture about neural networks being able to cope with the complexity of such interconnected and interdependent data, we formulate a statistical version of a neural network model and compare the results to those of conventional statistical models. We then show how to apply Bayesian methods to the preferred model, with the aim of finding the posterior probabilities of conflict outbreak and hence being able to plan for conflict prevention.

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