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Wed Jul 18, 2012, 12:08 PM

Computer analysis predicted rises, ebbs in Afghanistan violence

In August 2010, shortly after WikiLeaks released tens of thousands of classified documents that cataloged the harsh realities of the war in Afghanistan, a group of friends all computer experts gathered at the New York City headquarters of the Internet company Bitly Inc. to try and make sense of the data.

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Even with these ostensibly key details missing, the researchers found that they could predict 2010's events with striking accuracy.

And the model wasn't tripped up by Obama's decision to send 30,000 additional troops, which introduced a new dimension to the Afghanistan conflict.

"Our findings seem to prove that the insurgency is self-sustaining," Sanguinetti said. "You may throw a large military offensive, but this doesn't seem to disturb the system."

http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-warfare-data-20120717,0,409336.story

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