Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The Madness Comes for the Mathematicians - Jonathan Marks, Commentary Magazine

Andrea Bertozzi is a distinguished mathematician. A professor of mathematics at UCLA and the author or co-author of over 250 publications, Bertozzi has been elected to both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.

She is also now something of a lightning rod, not because of her work on higher-order partial differential equations but because of her work on predictive policing. Bertozzi’s research seeks to “determine where crime is likely to occur in the near future.” Whether predictive policing helps to allocate scarce policing resources better, and whether the data about crime on which any mathematical model must rely reflects racial bias, is a matter of controversy. Like other controversies among academics, this one has been joined in peer-reviewed journals. But even this controversy does not explain the trouble with Bertozzi. The trouble with Bertozzi, her critics allege, is that she is a collaborator. With the cops.

via www.commentarymagazine.com


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So we're supposed to ignore empirical data if it doesn't conform to the Narrative? Just more of the SOS.

Posted by: jmod46 | Mar 23, 2021 5:26:39 PM