Calculating the geography of crime

A mathematician fine-tunes how to blend crime records, geography to track down serial criminals

By Patrick Barry, 17:13 PM January 8, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Math as a tool for tracking down criminals has never been as precise as the TV show Numb3rs depicts. But mathematicians are developing better ways to at least estimate where a person on a crime spree might live.

Using information about the layout of a city, such as the location of similar crimes during the past few years, beefed up mathematical tools could improve estimates of where a criminal lives based on where he or she commits crimes, according to new research prese...

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