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How they vote: Issue-adjusted models of legislative behavior

Author(s): Gerrish, SM; Blei, DM

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dc.identifier.citationGerrish, S., & Blei, D. M. (2012). How they vote: Issue-adjusted models of legislative behavior. In Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (pp. 2753-2761).en_US
dc.description.abstractWe develop a model of issue-specific voting behavior. This model can be used to explore lawmakers’ personal voting patterns of voting by issue area, providing an exploratory window into how the language of the law is correlated with political support. We derive approximate posterior inference algorithms based on variational methods. Across 12 years of legislative data, we demonstrate both improvement in heldout prediction performance and the model’s utility in interpreting an inherently multidimensional space.en_US
dc.format.extent2753 - 2761en_US
dc.relation.ispartofAdvances in Neural Information Processing Systemsen_US
dc.rightsAuthor's manuscripten_US
dc.titleHow they vote: Issue-adjusted models of legislative behavioren_US
dc.typeConference Articleen_US

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