Thursday, March 03, 2016

Study Uses Geographical Profiling To Uncover Banksy's Identity

Banksy's works are concentrated in London and Bristol
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English-based graffiti artist Banksy's real identity has been kept under wraps but science may have finally uncovered it. A study that tests the method of geographical profiling on Banksy has appeared, after a delay caused by an intervention from the artist's lawyers.
Scientists at Queen Mary University of London found that the distribution of Banksy's famous graffiti supported a previously suggested real identity.

A geographic profile, calculated across London, showed peaks in particular locations
Hauge et al/Journal of Spatial Science

Geographic profiling is a statistical technique that originated in criminology but has recently proved its value in other fields, from tracing infectious disease outbreaks to locating the roosts of wild bats.

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