Doing The Math On Terrorism

from the we-all-use-math-every-day dept

Maybe somebody’s been watching too much CBS on Friday nights: a professor at the University of Wisconsin is using math to try to predict where terrorists might strike. That sounds awfully similar to the show Numb3rs, where a math professor helps his FBI-agent brother solve cases using all sorts of math. But, like the show, this plan seems a little hard to believe, though it did score the prof a government research grant. While some type of mathematics or statistical analysis might be useful to help fight against terrorism, aren’t there other efforts that could yield better and more specific results, like improved intelligence? Of course, some people might think that area’s already covered.

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Doing The Math On Terrorism”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
Mountain Man says:

Leave the man alone!

The important thing to consider here are historical events such as WWII. Things such as cost effective rubber were developed by American scientists that we still use today. Space travel and satellites are another good result of war time ingenuity that now fuel our hunger for global information. We NEED change, we have become lazy and if one person sees a way to solve a problem… by all means let him run with it. If it fails… then we can laugh.

KingoftheGreensdotCom (user link) says:


It seems so much money, time, and effort is being spent on gathering the most accurate intelligence about terorism yet, when the president receives memo’s stating Bin Laden is going to attack, he does nothing.//
What good is all this if when presented with good intelligence it isn’t acted upon? But when we hear the Iraq has WMD’s we go to war…sounds like a case of selective hearing…

Clay says:

Re: Intel[ligence]

Well, since we’ve been warned again, what exactly shall we do this time to prepare? You seem to have all the answers, I wish we knew about you before all this happened!

It makes no difference. If Bush had announced that 19 terrorists were about to crash 4 specific flights into 4 specific buildings, you would still think he screwed up.

Johnny says:


I apologize for my University, in the sprit of the administration thinking that they can do anything “just a well” as an ivy league school, some genuinely sensless studies take place in order to appear cutting edge.

Wow, I just realized that my tuition pays for this guy to pretend to be max from the movie PI. Once again, sorry everyone.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...