The SOMA Terror Organization Portal (STOP): social network and analytic tools for the real-time analysis of terror groups

  • Amy Sliva
  • V.S. Subrahmanian
  • Vanina Martinez
  • Gerardo I. Simari


Stochastic Opponent Modeling Agents (SOMA) have been proposed as a paradigm for reasoning about cultural groups, terror groups, and other socioeconomic-political-military organizations worldwide. In this paper, we describe the SOMA Terror Organization Portal (STOP). STOP provides a single point of contact through which analysts may access data about terror groups world wide. In order to analyze this data, SOMA provides three major components: the SOMA Extraction Engine (SEE), the SOMA Adversarial Forecast Engine (SAFE), and the SOMA Analyst NEtwork (SANE) that allows analysts to find other analysts doing similar work, share findings with them, and let consensus findings emerge. This paper describes the STOP framework.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amy Sliva
    • 1
  • V.S. Subrahmanian
    • 1
  • Vanina Martinez
    • 1
  • Gerardo I. Simari
    • 1
  1. 1.Lab for Computational Cultural Dynamics Institute for Advanced Computer StudiesUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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