Criminal Intent in the News

September 20th, 2011

There have been two stories recently about the Digging Into Data Challenge Conference that highlighted our Criminal Intent project. The Chronicle of Higher Education also has a two part story on the conference mentioning this project in the second part. They quote the Criminal Intent respondent, Stephen Ramsay,

Mr. Ramsay’s talk celebrated how this kind of Big Data work can enhance rather than diminish the humanities’ traditional engagement with human experience. “The Old Bailey, like the Naked City, has eight million stories. Accessing those stories involves understanding trial length, numbers of instances of poisoning, and rates of bigamy,” he said in his response. “But being stories, they find their more salient expression in the weightier motifs of the human condition: justice, revenge, dishonor, loss, trial. This is what the humanities are about. This is the only reason for an historian to fire up Mathematica or for a student trained in French literature to get into Java.”

The second story is in Science News and is titled Crime’s digital past. They quote us on how digital techniques are received by traditional historians.

Cohen and his colleagues know that many humanities scholars hold digital humanists in as low esteem as Old Bailey prosecutors once held women accused of bigamy. That’s certainly true of historians, in Hitchcock’s view. “About 90 percent of them sit quietly in an archive for a decade and then write a book with their names printed as large as possible on the cover,” Hitchcock says. In their world, data-crunching makes rude noises with no apparent historical meaning.

New York Times Article on Digging Grant

November 19th, 2010

Digging Into Data is in the news. The next big idea is data according to a New York Times article, Humanities Scholars Embrace Digital Technology by Patricia Cohen (November 16, 2010.) The article reports on some of the big data interpretation projects like those funded by the Digging Into Data program. The Mining with Criminal Intent project is another Digging project.

Criminal Intent project in the news

June 19th, 2010

The Globe and Mail, Canada’s “national newspaper”, has an article today in the Focus section on

Supercomputers seek to ‘model humanity’. The article mentions the Digging into Data program and our Criminal Intent project.

ComputerWorld Canada story on Criminal Intent project

April 9th, 2010

ComputerWorld Canada has published a story on the Data Mining With Criminal Intent project, U of A text mining project could help businesses (Rafael Ruffolo, March 25, 2010 for ComputerWorld Canada.) Canadian participant Geoffrey Rockwell is quoted to the effect that,

“instead of looking for a needle in the haystack, an effective text mining tool will try and show you the shape of the haystack and tell you the words you might want to find.”