Latonya Smith ’24 and Emma Tuhabonye ’24 are studying guns in political advertisements through the Wesleyan Media Project. Their research aims to gain insight into how candidate traits—such as gender, partisanship, and race—may affect whether and how candidates discuss and feature guns in political advertisements. They used deep learning models to detect weapons in political ad images and video frames, and used logistic regression models to examine how various factors influenced the mention of guns.

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