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An Equation to Predict Crime?

From: Aaron Mendelson
Length: 06:37

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In an age of big data, even police departments are getting in on the action. In Los Angeles, the LAPD are using software for what they call “predictive policing”—anticipating where crimes are likely to happen, before they happen.

Prx_teaser_small What if an equation could put police officers at the scene of a crime, before it happened? For eight years, a team of academics in Southern California has worked to make this science-fiction a reality. Now, the LAPD use software based on the team’s work--and they say it's working. Part of PRX's STEM series.

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What if an equation could put police officers at the scene of a crime, before it happened? For eight years, a team of academics in Southern California has worked to make this science-fiction a reality. Now, the LAPD use software based on the team’s work--and they say it's working. Part of PRX's STEM series.

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In an age of big data, even police departments are getting in on the action. In Los Angeles, the LAPD are using software for what they call “predictive policing”—anticipating where crimes are likely to happen, before they happen. Producer Aaron Mendelson brings us the story.

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This production is part of the STEM Story Project, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Presented by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange.