The International Crime Drop

Despite public/media perceptions, most evidence suggests that crime has dropped substantially since the 1990s. The graph below, taken from a 2011 Home Office report into the British Crime Survey (BCS) and police recorded crime (HOSB1011), shows that BCS crime has nearly halved following a peak in 1996/7. This has been absent from most media coverage. […]

New (free) book: Think Complexity

A colleague has just told me about a new book called “Think Complexity” by Allen B. Downey. To cut from the summary, it’s about: “complexity science, data structures and algorithms, intermediate programming in Python, and the philosophy of science“. Some of the later chapters look at fractals, cellular automata and agent-based models, which is the […]