Scientists Tracking Murder Like a Disease

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  1. Gahars
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    Murder. It's a universally recognized taboo across the globe, and most would agree that as far as awful crimes go, it's hard to beat. Hell, murder even has a whole commandment dedicated to it.

    So, obviously, stopping it is something of a priority. While you can try your best to stop murderers from killing again, there's only so much you can do.

    To better tackle this problem, researchers are trying something new - and it's a real killer.
    [​IMG] NPR

    Oh boy, New Jersey made the news. Yay.

    In all seriousness, this method has proven to be extremely beneficial. Not only can it inform the police where murders have occurred (they're pretty well aware of that, thank you very much), but it also allows them to make informed predictions on where future murders will be committed. When it comes to divvying up resources, that information could be quite invaluable.

    Focusing on these predicted hotbeds of homicide may also prove to be conducive for further studies. By focusing on these areas, scientists may be able to produce more effective, informative research on the underlying causes and factors driving the crime.

    Now, this is normally where I'd end with a pun tied to the subject of the article, but let's be honest here, I'd just be digging through the Cryptkeeper's catalogue. So, let's not get choked up on the details here and just call it a day. Agreed?
     
  2. FAST6191

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    Now I am all for applied stats but is this truly a new thing? Granted I have not looked at the source in depth (usually a bad oversight when making these kinds of replies) and it might have increased the range (time and distance) or indeed used a new algorithm (this seems somewhat more likely).
     
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    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

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    The methods themselves aren't new, but the fact that they're now being applied to study homicides is.
     
  4. MegaBassBX

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    I guess they should install a Psycho Pass ;)
     
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