re: Big Data Plus Police Work: Good Partners?
Years of data analysis about car accidents indicates teen drivers are more likely to crash when there are other teens riding in the car--and that this risk significantly increases as you add kids to the vehicle. This finding has prompted lots of laws related to teen driving, laws that have passed, I'd argue, for one reason: Teens can't vote.
Many voters--especially American voters--will argue that such laws, even when backed by compelling analysis, only reveal the aggregate, not the individual, probability of X or Y.
This story raises a number of fascinating public-policy questions--questions that will only grow as our analytic, predictive tools become better and better.
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