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Databases on Terrorism

Authored by: Neil G. Bowie , Alex P. Schmid

The Routledge Handbook of Terrorism Research

Print publication date:  February  2011
Online publication date:  February  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415411578
eBook ISBN: 9780203828731
Adobe ISBN: 9781136810404


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When information becomes too overwhelming to grasp and handle, it has to be standardized and transformed into uniform units – that is, data which can be stored in databases that can be revisited and from which data can be retrieved in various combinations. 1 In the study of terrorism, databases are used in a number of ways:

as extended memory for the analyst;

to discover underlying patterns of terrorism;

to facilitate trend analysis;

to compare terrorist campaigns cross-nationally and over time;

to generate probability estimates of future terrorist activities;

to make statistical correlations with other phenomena that might be the causes, concomitants or consequences of terrorism;

to evaluate the success of counter-terrorist policies. 2

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