The Phoenix dataset is a new, near real-time event dataset created using the next-generation event data coding software, PETRARCH. The data is generated using news content scraped from over 400 sources. This scraped content is run through a processing pipeline that produces coded event data as a final output. Our current settings produce roughly 3,000 coded events per day. These coded events are in the standard who-did-what-to-whom format typically associated with event data. Each event is coded along on multiple dimensions, specifically source and target actors and event type. These dimensions are described in greater detail below.
Each coded event has three main parts: the source actor, the target actor, and the event type. Event types are coded according to the Conflict and Mediation Event Observations (CAMEO) framework. CAMEO consists of twenty top-level codes, and over 200 event codes. These codes can be further aggregated to the commonly used "QuadClass" categories, which are desribed in further detail in the next section.
The actor codes used consist of three character strings grouped
together. For example, a sentence mentioning Syrian rebels would
have an actor coding of
SYRREB. These three character
codings can be strung together to create actor codes of arbitrary
length. Within the Phoenix dataset, each actor is divided into
ActorRole is one of either a CAMEO country code, or
ActorEntity is one of
ActorAttributes encompasses any other actor code not covered by the
previous two categories. The dashboards shown on this page make use
of ActorRole variable for subsetting and aggregation.
QuadClass variable presents a higher level of aggregation
for the CAMEO categories. Unlike previous iterations of the
QuadClass conversions, our current implementation adds a "neutral"
category to handle events that do not have a strong leaning in a
coooperative or conflictual direction. Our current conversion is
shown in the following table.
|Root CAMEO||Description||Quad Class||Quad Class Description|
|01||Make Public Statement||0||Neutral|
|03||Express Intent to Cooperate||1||Verbal Cooperation|
|05||Engage in Diplomatic Cooperation||1||Verbal Cooperation|
|06||Engage in Material Cooperation||2||Material Cooperation|
|07||Provide Aid||2||Material Cooperation|
|15||Exhibit Force Posture||4||Material Conflict|
|16||Reduce Relations||3||Verbal Conflict|
|20||Use Unconventional Mass Violence||4||Material Conflict|