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Peter Whigham, Department of Information Science


Geographic Patterning of Deliberate Self Harm and Other Stories


Owheo G34 - 1:00 pm, Friday 11 September


In a classic analysis from 1897, the French sociologist Émile Durkheim observed that suicide rates appeared to cluster in space. However, suicide was correlated with social integration/fragmentation which also exhibited similar clustering patterns. Gabriel Tarde, a contemporary of Durkheim, argued for additional factors due to imitation and geographic connectivity. How do you handle model properties in space which are correlated? How do you remove/detect effects that are correlated? This talk will briefly discuss these issues using a contemporary dataset describing several aspects of deliberate self-harm in New Zealand. Other stories will include examining redacted paper reviews on Grammatical Evolution and researcher bias when comparing models in Software Effort Estimation.

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