One Step Closer To Minority Report: We Know Where Crime Will Happen

from the time-to-go-somewhere-else dept

Earlier this year, we had a story that claimed some police had used some data mining software to predict a mugging, though the details on the story were incredibly vague -- leading to plenty of questions about just how legitimate the story really was. However, police are clearly interested in this Minority Report-style software. Police in Richmond, Virginia, are now getting their very own data mining solution to help them predict crime, though it's less about predicting single instances of crime, but noting general patterns and suggesting where police might want to go. It's not a bad idea to use the data in this way, but you always get concerned that when people become too reliant on the data, mistakes tend to happen.

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    dorpus, 8 Nov 2005 @ 7:23pm

    Even more jobs for statisticians

    There are already plenty of juicy pickings in the pharmaceutical or insurance industries, but sounds like now we have even more opportunities. We're not quite clairvoyants, though statistics can make amazing predictions, and find patterns that defy common sense.

    Anybody willing to take the prerequisite courses can go to grad school for stats -- you don't have to have a math degree. The programs are in various names like statistics, biostatistics, actuarian sciences, industrial optimization, survey methodology, etc.



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