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Stats in Love and War

Using statistics for insight into terrorist and insurgent groups isn’t novel — Robert Pape and Alan Krueger have made strong contributions to our understanding of these bad actors through number crunching. But now Sean Gourley has derived a formula that not only describes how insurgent groups work, but could predict future attacks. But can patterns in data also create a painting? Save a marriage? This American Life runs the numbers. [%comments]