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Using data mining techniques to detect criminal networks

Australian Institute of Criminology, John Zeleznikow
06 April 2005

Professor John Zeleznikow
School of Information Systems, Victoria University, Melbourne

Seminar held
6 April 2005
Australian Institute of Criminology


Professor Zeleznikow presented a discussion of data mining and decision support technologies for police and crime investigators. The discussion was very practical, with examples taken from work undertaken with three United Kingdom police forces.

The lessons learned were presented, along with their relevance to future work. Significant aspects of the knowledge discovery from databases process were described, starting with an examination of the data that police collect and the reasons for storing such data, and progressing to the development of crime matching and predictive knowledge that is operationalised in decision support software.

Professor Zeleznikow is a past director of the Joseph Bell Centre for Forensic Statistics and Legal Reasoning at the University of Edinburgh Law School and Director of the Donald Berman Laboratory for Information Technology and Law at La Trobe University. He has co-authored Building intelligent legal information systems: knowledge representation and reasoning in law, and Knowledge discovery from legal databases, and numerous articles and chapters in books.

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