Chapter 21

Using Data Science to Describe and Predict Criminal Activity

In This Chapter

arrow Talking about temporal data analysis

arrow Using standard GIS solutions

arrow Seeing how advanced spatial statistics fit in

arrow Evaluating the limitations of the data science approach

In recent years, data science has been increasingly incorporated into criminological methodologies in a practice that’s been referred to as predictive policing. Predictive policing offers promising results, and law enforcement decision makers have high hopes that they can use predictive intelligence to help them formulate more effective tactical strategies. Judges hope to use predictive insights for support when deciding when to grant bail to suspects. Police agencies want to use the technology for improved offender monitoring. Consequently, there’s a very high demand for crime analysts who are skilled at using data science to build descriptive and predictive information products to support the decisions of law enforcement officials.

To practice data science in criminal analysis, you need to be skilled in GIS, data visualization, ...

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