30 Jun '13, 1am

Data Mining Screws The Pirates - Strategy Page

The Somali pirates are having a very bad year and it’s all because of math. Pirate attacks were down 70 percent last year and it has been over a year since the pirates captured a large ship (that they could get several million dollars ransom for). The usual reasons given for this shift are better security measures on the large merchant ships and more effective patrolling by the international anti-piracy task force operating off Somalia. But there’s an even more important reason that gets little mention: math, data mining, and predictive analysis. These items resulted in PARS (Piracy Attack Risk Surface), a statistical model of pirate behavior as modified by weather, shipping traffic patterns, and whatever inexplicable things the pirates have been doing lately. This showed the anti-piracy task force which areas to watch most carefully and warned merchant ships what areas th...

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June 17, 2013: The Somali pirates are having a very bad year and it’s all because of math. Pirate attacks were down 70 per...