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.