Mara Hvistendahl, (Science magazine 30 Sept 2016) had a great review article that I just got to read carefully. It’s a good review of how big data and “predictive policing” (those are definitely scare quotes!) are promising a lot, perhaps clarifying some things but also probably perpetuating existing biases. As someone watching the Oakland Police Department collect data and hoping that sharing it with Oakland citizens is a Good Idea, it seems to contain many cautionary tales.
I’ll be curious as to your reactions to the Science article, but since it’s trapped behind a paywall I’ve also captured the main text here .
Another study of PredPol, using “synthetic” data
Thanks to EastBayExpress’s Darwin BondGraham tweet, I just saw this report from USAToday analyzing drug crime data from 2010. (Their underlying paper was published in Significance, October, 2016.) Can we find correlation in our real OakCrimeData set?!