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Accession Number ADA562284
Title Extremist Ideological Influence on Terrorist Decision Frameworks.
Publication Date May 2012
Media Count 102p
Personal Author A. Penta D. Rababy J. L. Smith P. Smart W. R. Sieck
Abstract Two cultural studies were conducted to clarify the ideological characteristics that serve as enablers for extreme action. The approach for both studies was to collect and analyze knowledge source materials from the World Wide Web. The World Wide Web is a rich source of cultural information that provides important clues as to the beliefs, attitudes and values of group members. Documents and postings from extremist and moderate sources were collected and translated. Relevant passages were then extracted and analyzed in order to elucidate the ideological characteristics within them. Human cultural researchers conducted the analysis in Study 1 and a new model of core extremist beliefs-values was constructed. In Study 2, the model was further tested by using computational text analysis methods to aid in analyzing sentiment from the web-based sources. Such methods remain at a early research phase of development, so new approaches and techniques were developed. Study 2 served both to corroborate the model of extremist beliefs-values devised in Study 1, as well as to advance the state of the art in automated sentiment analysis. The computational method for measuring cultural values in web-based resources adds another significant component to the cultural analysts toolkit.
Keywords Behavior
Decision making
Decision support systems

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92B - Psychology
57T - Psychiatry
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Applied Research Associates, Inc., Fairborn, OH. Cognitive Solutions Div.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final rept. Feb 2010-Mar 2012.
NTIS Issue Number 1225
Contract Number N00014-10-C-0078

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