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Understanding Terrorism Is More Than a Numbers Game

Ben West
Global Security Analyst, Stratfor
Aug 28, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

The big issue is not what constitutes a terrorist attack, but how statistics can be misleading when it comes to measuring terrorist and militant activity. Statistical analysis might break down what are ultimately highly complex events into discrete numbers, allowing analysts to chart data on a graph or run figures through a statistical modeling program, but examining quality -- rather than quantity -- will ultimately lead to a better understanding of terrorist threats....

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