Can big data predict violent behavior?

Can big data predict violent behavior?Using machine-learning to analyze over three terabytes of data on military personnel, researchers at Harvard Medical School were able to predict the 5 percent of U.S. Army soldiers who later committed one-third of all violent crimes in the workplace between 2004 and 2009.  When analyzing data from 2011 to 2013, the machine-learning model was even more accurate, predicting the 5 percent of soldiers that would commit 50.5 percent of violent crimes. That research, sponsored by the Department of Defense, fused data from several military datasets, including the Army’s Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers.  The team created a consolidated dataset that pulled data from many different military datasets, including crime data, deployment data and the soldiers’ electronic medical records,  said Ronald Kessler, professor…

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