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How Twitter Could Help Police Departments Predict Crime

Agus Echague

Initially, Matthew Gerber didn't believe Twitter could help predict where crimes might occur.
But then, that's why you run the data. Gerber, a systems engineer at the University of Virginia's Predictive Technology Lab, did indeed find something there. He reports in a new research paper that public Twitter data improved the predictions for 19 of 25 crimes that occurred early last year in metropolitan Chicago, compared with predictions based on historical crime patterns alone...

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    This is so fascinating to me! My friend did a study on this in Los Angeles and found that drug dealers use Twitter with special codes/words to indicate where they are! It's been really helpful to police.