Datamining the future

Perhaps big data will give rise to better forecasting. Case in point: experiments in analyzing piles of data about violence to predict its next forms.

Based solely on written reports of violence from 2004 to 2009, the researchers built a model that was able to foresee which provinces would experience more violence in 2010 and which would have less. They could also anticipate how much the level of violence went up or down.

If we keep generating ever increasing amounts of data, and our tools continue to develop, we should expect more of this kind of thing.

(via Slashdot)

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