What is it about?
People have always counted crowds. New technologies provide more sophisticated ways of doing so. And results can be disseminated widely. In politics, audience numbers, protest numbers, rally or supporter numbers are all closely monitored. We explain why people are so interested and what it means when numbers fail to live up to expectations.
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Why is it important?
A regular person in one part of the world is more likely than ever to learn about the number of people who attended a protest, say, in another part of the world. Connecting with the dynamics of protest behaviour, crowd counting technology represents a potentially new political tool.
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This page is a summary of: Crowd counting: a behavioural economics perspective, Quality & Quantity, February 2021, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/s11135-021-01117-7.
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