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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    Jerry Beautiful, 8 Nov 2005 @ 8:04pm

    Re: Even more jobs for statisticians

    It's not even statistics. Some data, along with some geocoding in a program like ESRI's ArcMAP/ArcGIS package can yield the same sort of predictions. Police departments nationwide are using geographic mapping software packages to help hone in on these trends.

    Data and a little geocoding can reveal all types of trends.

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