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With a PhD in political science and years of experience in the data analysis industry, Stephen “Steve” Shellman supports the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Currently, Steve Shellman serves as the president, chief scientist, and chief executive officer of Strategic Analysis Enterprises, Inc (SAE).

Founded in 2008, Strategic Analysis Enterprises was established to offer the United States government and commercial clients decision support analysis, including strategies to determine intent and emotion from different types of text. Some of the company’s current projects include working with the Office of Naval Research on their Worldwide Integrated Crisis Early Warning System and a project to understand how text influences behavioral processes in relation to political conflict. An industry leader, SAE provides three different services to cover a wide range of situations and project requirements.

Pathos. Although many other industry tools limit their content examination to counting the number of positive versus negative words, the automated Pathos program also considers the intent of the interaction. It can then extrapolate the data for a number of possible future uses for prediction or study.

Quantitative modeling. Through its innovative quantitative modeling technique, SAE combines statistics with empirical models to develop useful, straightforward analysis.

Xenophon. An automated tool, the Xenophon program goes beyond simple object and subject analysis in each examined electronic text. Able to understand complex semantics, it can determine relationships and interactions from the text.