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May 29th, 2013
7:00-8:30 PM

Schlafly Bottleworks, Maplewood, MO

Using Statistical Modeling to Fight Terrorism

Professor of Political Science

Moderated by: Cynthia Wichelman, M.D.

Jefferson M. Gill, Ph.D.

Governments around the world expend an enormous amount of resources attempting to understand and prevent terrorist attacks. Unfortunately these efforts continue to be only partially successful. Data that describe terrorist events are particularly difficult to analyze, due to the many problems associated with the collection process, unusual clustered variability in the data themselves, and the typically poor level of measurement coming from pursuing political actors that seek to deny reliable observations on their activities. This talk will describe some recent statistical innovations that provide revealing and important trends in terrorist activities worldwide. Examples covered will utilize sophisticated statistical procedures described in accessible, general language. Many of the conclusions are surprising and show systematic behavior by these violent and dangerous groups.

Science On Tap highlighted on St. Louis Public Radio and Voice of America!

Science On Tap is a place where, for the price of a beverage, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place outside a traditional academic context, in the Crown Room at Schlafly Bottleworks.

Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month during the academic year, usually from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. The standard format is as follows: about 45 minutes of presentation, followed by discussion until 8:30 PM. Seating is limited to the first 100 people.  No reservations accepted.

Crown Room at the Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave.
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241-2337

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