Detecting crime using social media

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‘World-leading’ predictive tools will be used by Met Police to monitor real-time crime events.


Researchers from the Social Data Science Lab have received research grants from the Centre for Scientific and Engineering Excellence at the Metropolitan Police Service and the ESRC Impact Acceleration Fund, to embed their world-leading and internationally recognised research on predictive analytics using social media into police operational processes.

The Lab Directors, Dr Matthew Williams from the School of Social Sciences and Dr Pete Burnap from the School of Computer Science & Informatics, have previously developed social media computational predictive models to estimate the emergence of disruptive crime events and the propagation of cyberhate.

Social media is generating high-volume data through multiple forms of online behaviour. Estimates put social media membership at approximately 2.5 billion non-unique users. The data produced by

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