Algorithm claims to predict crime in US cities before it happens

A new computer algorithm can now predict crime in a major city near you – apparently.

The algorithm, which was formulated by social scientists at the University of Chicago and boasts 90% accuracy, divides cities into 1,000 square foot tiles, according to research published in Nature Human Behavior. The researchers used historical data on Chicago’s violent crime and property crime to test the model, which detects patterns over time in these tiled areas and tries to predict future events. It worked just as well using data from other major cities, including Atlanta, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, the study showed.

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