Scholar says intensity of North Korean insults can predict nuke tests with 73% accuracy

Scholar says intensity of North Korean insults can predict nuke tests with 73% accuracy
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[Ed. – Predictiveness?  Jury’s still out, in my view.  Cheap hilarity?  Solid A++.]

Mr. Richey spent three years reading and analyzing roughly 42,000 English-language articles published by Pyongyang’s famously vitriolic Korean Central News Agency between 1997 and 2006.

Among the most memorable: North Korea described President George W. Bush as a “cowboy buffoon,” Japanese officials as “epileptic mentally deranged wretches” and Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s first female president, as a “confrontation maniac…venomously swishing her skirt.” …

Michael Lammbrau, a scholar at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa., believes the invective can be analyzed to predict military moves by Pyongyang. He says that he developed a computer program utilizing machine learning to predict a nuclear test 73.2% of the time, based on North Korean threats. …

“The North Korean regime barks very loudly before it actually bites its intended target,” Mr. Lammbrau concluded in a recent journal article.

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