Mathematicians Gangs Program

November 2, 2011 by staff 

Mathematicians Gangs Program, The U.S. economy is in crisis and the national debt continues to grow, but the federal government funding programs remains questionable as an “academic study of gang violence” to help law enforcementanlyze crime patterns.

Of all academic projects financed by taxpayers out there, it occupies quite high in the area of ??creativity and innovation. A group of researchers from the largest public university in California have designed a “mathematical algorithm” to identify street gangs involved in solving violent crimes. The work is based on patterns of criminal gang activity known and represents the “first academic study of gang violence in its class.”

Mathematicians at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA),anlyzed more than 1,000 gang-related crimes that occurred more than a decade in a part of Los Angeles known to have 30 active gangs. To test the algorithm, the researchers created a simulated data set that better mimics the patterns of crime in the city police network of gangs. Then excluded from key information and test how well the algorithm can calculate the missing information.

“If the police believe that a crime may have been committed by one of the seven or eight rival gangs, our method would be in recent historical events in the area and calculate probabilities as to which of these bands are more prone to crime committed, “said lead study author, UCLA professor of mathematics.

While scholars estimate that he could not specify specific band committed a crime, about 80% of the cases we were able to reduce to three gang rivalries. Although this is not exactly help the police solve crimes, placing the right gang rivalry within the top three most likely rivalries that often is “significantly better than chance.” According to the study co-author, who is also professor of mathematics at UCLA.

Paving the way for a sequel funded by taxpayers, teachers say they “can do even better,” noting that “this is the first work for this new approach.” In fact, this new “mathematical algorithm” technique can also be applied to a “wider class of problems involving social networking activity,” says the professor of mathematics at UCLA in office.

Like many dubious projects in recent years, this has been largely funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), which was created by Congress six decades ago to promote the progress of science and promote national health. With an annual budget of about 7 billion and that is the only federal agency whose mission includes support for all fields of fundamental science and engineering.

In recent years the NSF has been criticized for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on frivolous things like a play about climate change and the study of dinosaur eggs in China. In 2009, the NSF was rocked by a scandal of huge computer prnography. In a scathing report to Congress on the agency’s inspector general revealed that employees spend an NSF important part of their working day view, download and e-mail prnography without being discovered or punished. The prn surfing has cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars, according to researchers.

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