CAPE: Automatically Predicting Changes in Group Behavior

TitleCAPE: Automatically Predicting Changes in Group Behavior
Publication TypeJournal Articles
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsSliva A, V.S. Subrahmanian, Martinez V, Simari G
JournalMathematical Methods in Counterterrorism
Pagination253 - 269
Date Published2009///

There is now intense interest in the problem of forecasting what a group will do in the future. Past work [1, 2, 3] has built complex models of a group’s behavior and used this to predict what the group might do in the future. However, almost all past work assumes that the group will not change its past behavior. Whether the group is a group of investors, or a political party, or a terror group, there is much interest in when and how the group will change its behavior. In this paper, we develop an architecture and algorithms called CAPE to forecast the conditions under which a group will change its behavior. We have tested CAPE on social science data about the behaviors of seven terrorist groups and show that CAPE is highly accurate in its predictions—at least in this limited setting.