Congressional close up: Automatically exploring anomalous voting behavior in the U.S. Congress

Lisa Gandy, Kristian J Hammond

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Abstract

The United States Senate has become increasingly partisan through the years; in fact it is quite unusual for a Senator to vote against his or her party. The Congressional Close Up system automatically reports on factors that might have influenced a bipartisan vote. The system begins by assigning a topic to the legislation on which a Senate or House vote was focused. The system then uses this assigned topic to find possible influences which might have changed a Senator's vote. These influences are campaign contributions, effects on local industries and general pressure from the Senator's constituency. The system concludes by generating a report in HTML format.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2013 Science and Information Conference, SAI 2013
Pages61-67
Number of pages7
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Event2013 Science and Information Conference, SAI 2013 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Oct 7 2013Oct 9 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of 2013 Science and Information Conference, SAI 2013

Other

Other2013 Science and Information Conference, SAI 2013
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period10/7/1310/9/13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems

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    Gandy, L., & Hammond, K. J. (2013). Congressional close up: Automatically exploring anomalous voting behavior in the U.S. Congress. In Proceedings of 2013 Science and Information Conference, SAI 2013 (pp. 61-67). [6661718] (Proceedings of 2013 Science and Information Conference, SAI 2013).