Cultural Sentiment Analysis

Project Overview

The U.S. Army faces increasingly complex and demanding missions. Current operations range from wars in central Asia to training and humanitarian relief missions in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. While the Army continues to prepare and equip itself for effectiveness in combat operations, it now must also prepare for missions in a variety of cultural contexts, a key component of which is an understanding of the cultural sentiment within an area. We define cultural sentiment as the attitude (a graded value from negative to positive) held at a point in space and time by a culture toward other cultures and the prevailing government at that time. Our overall objective is to extract and summarize quantitative values of cultural sentiment and model the effect of significant events (e.g., protests) on the development of cultural sentiment.

We are looking for highly ambitious graduate students to collaborate with us on this project. Please get in touch if you are interested.