Don B, 1/ 6/2013 - 11:16am "The Washington Post has an interesting article on mass murderers at
But, trust the math- and science-challenged Post. On page 2, it lists success rates of 1/3 (Monahan) and/or 41% (http://www.bmj.com/content/345/bmj.e4692?view=long&pmid=22833604) in predicting violence as "slightly better than chance". That would be a success rate of better than 50%. They fail to mention that the figure of 41% was the median of a interquartile range of (27%-60%). Median is not the same as average, which is the generally accepted way to express statistical expectation. You might want to check the math and statistics.
The abstract of the British Medical Journal articles says:
Conclusions Although risk assessment tools are widely used in clinical and criminal justice settings, their predictive accuracy varies depending on how they are used. They seem to identify low risk individuals with high levels of accuracy, but their use as sole determinants of detention, sentencing, and release is not supported by the current evidence. Further research is needed to examine their contribution to treatment and management."
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