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Manchester Metropolitan University crowd scientists have found themselves at the centre of a global news story.
Professor Keith Still and Marcel Altenburg provided expert analysis for the New York Times on the size of the crowds at Donald Trump’s inauguration as 45th President of the United States of America.
Their analysis had led to a huge debate between the office of the President, who claim the crowds were far larger than estimated, and the American media.
Using sophisticated algorithms previously developed by Professor Still, a running estimate was given during the inauguration, to decide just how many people were present at the historic Washington DC ceremony.
Prof Still says: “From a non-expert’s point of view, however, if you stand in front of a crowd it would change your perception and you would see a sea of people and possibly think the numbers are far greater. But the evidence is undeniable.”
Prof Still and Marcel, worked around the clock for 2 days analysing crowds, not only for the inauguration, but also for the anti-Trump protest marches. This produced a series of articles in the New York Times and a viral tweet (in the photos below) as well as a three-digit number of articles around the world following this reporting.
“The crowds for the women’s march was three times the size of those for the inauguration,” said Prof Still.
Come along and hear from these experts as they explain their clever crowd counting methods, the storm that followed their analysis of the inauguration and what this means for the White House.
Venue: Texture MCR, Northern Quarter
Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.
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