Gulf data set:
This data set covers the states of the Gulf region and the Arabian peninsula for the period 15 April 79 to 31 March 99. The source texts prior to 10 June 97 were located using the NEXIS search command:
(SAUDI! OR SAUDI ARABIA! OR IRAN! OR IRAQ! OR KUWAIT! OR GCC OR OMAN! OR YEMEN! OR QATAR! OR BAHRAIN! OR UAE OR EMIRATE! OR DUBAI! OR ABU DHABI!)
AND NOT (SOCCER! OR SPORT! OR OLYMPIC! OR TENNIS OR BASKETBALL OR NBA OR T.STRM OR HEADLINE(HIGHLIGHTS OR (WORLD W/2 OUTLOOK) OR (KEY W/1 FACTS) OR (EVENTS W/1 SCHEDULED) OR (HISTORICAL W/1 CALENDAR) ) )
Texts after 10 June 97 were downloaded from the Reuters Business Briefing service; the countries involved were the same as in the NEXIS search.
There are two versions of the data
- a set coded from the lead sentences only (57,000 events)
- a set coded from full stories (304,000 events)
There is a high correlation (r > 0.75) between the two versions for major actor interactions aggregated with the Goldstein scale, but the full-story version is better for minor actors.
The dictionaries used to code this data were updated
to include all significant international actors identified by the Actor_Filter
program. However, only a standard dictionary of verb phrases, not customized
for the Gulf, was used.
We have also produced a tab-delimited file with the data
aggregated by month using the Goldstein scale. This covers the directed
dyads between Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE and USA for both the
lead-sentence and full-story data sets. The first line of the file identifies
the dyad: the "AL" prefix indicates that the full-story data set was used.
Tab-delimited Gulf time series (use the "Save" option in your browser to download)
LAST UPDATED: 5 APRIL 1999