OSR Journal of Student Research

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The Quest for Entity Resolution


Stopping gang violence is important for people living in communities suffering from entrenched gang conflict. Understanding how violence spreads through social networks, improves focused-deterrent tactics aimed at reducing conflict and improving public safety. Efforts to apply social network analysis (SNA) to violent conflict, however, are challenged by the difficulties associated with assembling relational information. As such, we demonstrate how a two-step sampling process, beginning with focal seed gangs and expanding with a search of secondary gangs found in connection with those in step one, can generate more information. Notably, several issues remain: source limitations, entity resolution problems, and lack of current information about gang characteristics. After describing the data collection process, this presentation provides an integrated approach for how the methodological limitations can be addressed.

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