SO­CIAL ME­DIA CAN BE USED TO AC­CU­RATELY PRE­DICT CRIME, SAY RE­SEARCHERS

LO­CA­TION, LO­CA­TION, LO­CA­TION!

TechLife Australia - - HOTSPOT -

Re­searchers at the Royal Mel­bourne In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (RMIT) have de­vel­oped al­go­rithms that, they claim, can be used to trawl through so­cial me­dia data to pre­dict when and where a crime will oc­cur. Us­ing lo­ca­tion data from Foursquare users in Brisbane and New York, the team hopes this will help po­lice bet­ter al­lo­cate pa­trols. Tri­als in Brisbane were 16% more ac­cu­rate than cur­rent crime pre­dic­tion mod­els.

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