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UCLA Mathematicians and Anthropologist Team Up to Fight Crime

Andrea Bertozzi, Martin Short & Jeffrey Brantingham

UCLA Math professor and director of applied mathematics Andrea Bertozzi, and assistant adjunct professor of mathematics Martin Short have collaborated with UCLA associate professor of anthropology Jeffrey Brantingham and George Tita (UC Irvine) to apply sophisticated math to urban crime patterns to determine which types of crime “hotspots” in Los Angeles are most likely to be affected by intensified police actions. Their work on crime hotspots appeared this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and will be the cover article of the March 2 print edition.



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