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(Daily Mail)   After studying the behavior of wild pack animals, scientists can now predict with 99% accuracy where gang fights will occur   ( dailymail.co.uk) divider line
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2013-03-26 10:02:55 PM  
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So, equal-sized, equally-strong gangs will clash at a point halfway between them.

Wow.  Never would have thought that.  Farking geniuses, they should get a Nobel for this.
2013-03-27 02:28:20 AM  
1 vote:
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Well, it is not math, but at least it is sciency.
2013-03-27 12:57:48 AM  
1 vote:

Bastard Toadflax: How do the boundaries of a 2-dimensional area form a 1-dimensional line?

The Daily Fail strikes again.

Are you seriously that stupid? The boundary of any d-dimensional figure consists of (d - 1) - dimensional surfaces.
2013-03-27 12:46:01 AM  
1 vote:
So, the Daily Fail takes this:

What Can Bees Teach Us About Gang Warfare?

and rehashes it as:

How gang members behave like animals...

/To be fair, Daily Mail, we ALL behave "like animals."
2013-03-27 12:45:04 AM  
1 vote:
Now if we could figure out how to get them to do it more frequently until they eradicate each other.
2013-03-27 12:42:45 AM  
1 vote:
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P. Jeffrey Brantingham, an anthropologist at UCLA who uses statistics to study crime, has applied the equations to a decidedly different population. He and his colleagues identified 13 criminal gangs of roughly equal size in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles' East Side. For each one, they drew upon police research to pick out an anchor point-a house or street corner-that func-tioned as the gang's home base. Then, using Lotka-Volterra-based equations, they drew theoretical borders between the gangs' turf.

"The model says that if you have two gangs that are equal in their competitive abilities, the boundary between them will be equidistant and perpendicular between their anchor points," Brantingham says. "It's a nice, simple, geometric organization."

Viewing the rivalries in that light enabled the researchers to predict where violence between gangs was most likely to take place: 58.8 percent would occur less than a fifth of a mile from the borders, 87.5 percent within two-fifths of a mile and 99.8 percent within a full mile. Mapping the actual 563 gang-related shootings in the area from 1999to 2002, the researchers found that their predictions were almost dead on: The distribution of real-life shootings was 58.2 percent, 83.1 percent and 97.7 percent, respectively.
2013-03-27 12:40:24 AM  
1 vote:
In the ghetto?"
2013-03-27 12:38:14 AM  
1 vote:
After school by the monkey bars?
2013-03-26 11:53:51 PM  
1 vote:
Violence occurs primarily at the borders of gang territories is an epiphany for police? WTF?
2013-03-26 08:15:33 PM  
1 vote:
How do the boundaries of a 2-dimensional area form a 1-dimensional line?

The Daily Fail strikes again.
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