Go read this data analysis that uncovers predictive policing’s flawed algorithm

go read this data analysis that uncovers predictive policing’s flawed algorithm

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Gizmodo released a deep-dive look into the data collection process behind its co-reported investigation with The Markup into PredPol, a software company specializing in predictive policing (hence the name, which it has since changed to Geolitica) through machine learning.

PredPol’s algorithm is supposed to make predictions based on existing crime reports. However, since crimes aren’t equally reported everywhere, the readings it provides to law enforcement could simply copy the biases in reporting over each area. If police use this to decide where to patrol, they could end up over-policing areas that don’t need a larger presence.

When Gizmodo and The Markup evaluated the areas, they found that the places PredPol’s software targeted for…

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