Machine Learning Predicts Violent Crimes

In 2014, the San Francisco Chronicle recounted the 2012 death of Kristy Huddleston, who died after suffering a gunshot wound to the head from her husband, Bourne Huddleston, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. The piece reported combat veterans are responsible for 21% of domestic violence nationwide. Additionally, veterans account for 20% of U.S. suicides. The U.S. Army and the National Institute of Mental Health have partnered to conduct the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS), the largest study aimed at promoting health, reducing risk and preventing suicides. A new report published in Psychological Medicine suggests big data may help predict which Army personnel are likely to perpetrate violent crimes. According to the researchers, between 305 and 399 violent crimes were committed per year between…


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