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New York City is using big data to predict fires

25
Jan
2014

There are certain factors that make buildings in New York City more likely to have a fire, including average neighborhood income, the age of the building, and whether it has electrical issues. The citys Fire Department has now catalogued 60 of these factors in a database that ranks buildings in order of their risk of fire, using the results to decide which ones get inspected first. The new method aligns with a national trend toward using big data to make city services more efficient.

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