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CLIP 13092

Using probability functions to help locate serial killers

Using probability functions to help locate serial killers

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Key Info
  • Using probability functions to help locate serial killers
  • Duration: 04:53
  • Marcus du Sautoy meets a detective with a PhD in mathematics who has created a probability function that can help narrow down the area in which a serial killer is likely to live. The case of Jack the Ripper is outlined, and the probable street where he lives revealed. The function is then broken down and the different elements explained: the least effort principle and the buffer zone. Created specially for Class Clips from the BBC series The Code, first broadcast in September and October 2011.
  • Subject:




  • Keywords: probability, function, crime, geographic, profiling, murder, thecode, creative thinking
Ideas for use in class
  • As an enrichment clip for a series of GCSE lessons on probability, or even for background work introducing probability functions in the S2 A-Level module. More information about the series, images and further clips can be seen on the The Code website:
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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