Papachristos Writes in New York Times on Crime and Data Analytics

Department News
November 19, 2015

Professor Andrew Papachristos argues in a New York Times op-ed that network science can be used by law enforcement agencies to predict outbreaks of gun violence. Comparing patterns of gun violence to infectious diseases such as cholera, in which victimization is concentrated within relatively small and identifiable social networks, Papachristos says: “Network analysis cannot predict who the next victim will be, but it produces better assessments of who might be in harm’s way and opens the door to intervention.” His article is part of a debate around the topic ’Can Crime Be Ethically Predicted?’

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