A team of Queen Mary University of London researchers used Geographic Profiling, a mathematical method, to discover the true identity of Banksy. Michelle Hauge (first author), was the subject of the research as part of her last year of undergraduate research. She and other colleagues published their findings in Journal of Spatial Science (citation above). The team examined Banksy’s spatial patterns in London and Bristol, and came up with Robin Gunningham. This theory was confirmed by 2008 which was published on Sunday by the Mail. It also suggests that Gunningham is from Bristol. Two Banksy sketches. Left: The image of the naked man – displayed on the wall at a Bristol sexual health clinic, Park Street. The City Council approved the City Council’s decision to permit it to continue after strong public support. (Right), Shop Until Your Heart’s Content, Mayfair, London. Banksy stated that “we can’t change the world until capitalism collapses.” Geographic profiling is what? Geometric profiling is an investigative method and data management system that tracks the locations of serial crime to identify the area where the offender’s residence. This can be used in cases such as robbery and arson. Geographic profiling, which uses data on connected crimes to identify the criminal’s anchor points – typically where the crime victim lives or works. This method, which was developed by former officers and now works at Texas State University for investigations into serial crimes, was first used by Professor Kim Rossmo. This study was co-authored by Prof. Rossmo. Professor Rossmo was also a co-author. Dr. Steve Le Comber is a QMUL scientist who has adapted this technique for studying patterns of infectious disease. Geographic Profiling, according to the US National Criminal Justice Reference Service is “A method that examines the location of related crimes in order to find the most likely area where an offender lives.” (Image: Ucl.ac.uk). Geographic profiling can be a valuable public health tool Professor. Le Comber stated that geographic profiling is a useful public health tool Prof. The details of this study are useful for national security officials, as terrorists often engage in low-level activities like banner posting and anti-government leaflet distribution before going on to carry out major attacks. Researchers used the model to help identify terrorist bases and prevent them from inflicting harm on people. This article shows the versatility of geographical profiling. The authors now apply it to many types of geospatial investigations including plants, animals and humans. Photo taken in Jamaica in 2004,. It is believed that Robin Gunningham (AKA Banksy) took the picture. Image: Sunday Mail, 2008) Professor. Le Comber’s team is looking into geographic profiling for disease outbreaks like TB or malaria. The journal’s Abstract stated that the results “support previous suggestions that analysis minor terrorist-related acts (e.g. graffiti) could help locate terrorist bases prior to more serious incidents. This is a compelling example of how geographic profiling can be applied to solve a contemporary art mystery.” Michelle V. Hauge and Mark D. Stevenson. D. Kim Rossmo. Steven C. Le Comber. Journal of Spatial Science. 3 March 2016. DOI: 10.1080/14498596.2016.1138246. Video: Geographic Profiling
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