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    Oct. 2021: ISIT's involvement in IARPA's IARPA's Hybrid Forecasting Competition finally paid off. Although we didn't win a contract, we went ahead and did the research anyhow. See " What do forecasting rationales reveal about thinking patterns of top geopolitical forecasters?" in the International Journal of Forecasting.


    August 2021: ISIT's Dawna Coutant and Carolyn Meinel had been combatting COVID-19 inIARPA's FOCUS program. We did better than the big modeling teams for the first six months of the pandemic. Then we were about even with the models until Delta arrived. Wow, what a surprise this was to most of us. See what we had forecasted for 2021 as of August 8, 2020 at Covid_forecasts_2021.html


    May 2020: ISIT's Carolyn Meinel explains how she used Natural Language Processing to forecast geopolitical questions in a webinar hosted by Basis Technology: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall -- which Country Will Rule them All?


    January 2020: The team of ISIT and KaDSci, LLC came in 4th place in IARPA's Geopolitical Forecasting Competition out of over 100 initial competitors by forecasting 305 questions within just 5 1/2 months: Details here.