The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NES) hosted an Expert Planning Meeting on September 15 in Washington, DC, focusing on the topic of Predictive Analytics for Human Services and Education. Criminology professors Richard Berk and Greg Ridgeway both shared their expertise during the Criminal Justice panel session. Dr. Ridgeway began the session with an Overview and State of the Art, and he was followed by Dr. Berk's Methodological Reactions.
The goal of the Expert Planning Meeting was to call attention to opportunities for use of predictive analytics to improve human services, identify methodological challenges and opportunities, and to discuss the social, ethical, and legal dimensions of predictive analytics. Penn Criminology is on the front line of predictive analytics, so our faculty members were able to provide insight into criminal justice applications of the technology, as well as commentary on accuracy, fairness, and transparency associated with its use.
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