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 @ 8:16pm

    Re: Even more jobs for statisticians

    The people who program the packages have to know statistics. As the software becomes more sophisticated, it will take statistical expertise to correctly interpret the results also. Even in academic circles, social sciences like criminology are increasingly accept the need for better statistical expertise to make sense of data, or to validate theories.


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