TaxBrain Brings Open Data Science to Federal Models

(holbox/Shutterstock) Some of the most important decisions made in Washington D.C. are influenced heavily by sophisticated computer models refined over the course of decades. However, most of the models are proprietary, which hinders the ability to improve them and to weigh underlying assumptions that affect the results. Now, a new initiative dubbed TaxBrain seeks to jumpstart an era of government transparency and openness with a set of new open source models written in Python that anyone can access over the Web. TaxBrain was launched in April by the Open Source Policy Center (OSPC) at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington D.C.-based think-tank that has historically supported conservative causes. The idea behind the initiative, which was developed with software and assistance from Continuum Analytics, is to encourage government transparency and democratic…


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