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British cops told to scrap 'discriminatory' algorithms in policing

phuzz Silver badge

Re: Bias in, bias out

Or looking at it another way, a certain area has an elevated amount of reported crime. This could be because the residents trust the police more than in another area where there might be just as much crime, but the residents don't expect the police to do anything about it, so they don't bother reporting it.

The result of basing a strategy on previous crime stats in this situation would lead to the police patrolling the first area, but not the second, so the residents in the second area never come to trust the police, and are still the victims of (un/under-reported) crime.

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