A Mathematical Model of Gang Rivalry Formation in L.A.

Start: 03/09/2011 - 4:15pm
End  : 03/09/2011 - 5:40pm


Alethea Barbaro (UCLA)


We propose an interacting particle model to simulate the formation of gang rivalries in the Hollenbeck policing district of eastern Los Angeles.  The agents move according to a biased Levy process which dynamically interacts with an evolving rivalry network among the gangs in the system.  Agents' choice of directional headings incorporates the location of their own gang's center of activity, as well as the location of the other gangs' centers.  Geographic features of Hollenbeck such as freeways and the LA river are included into the model as semi-permeable boundaries and the number of agents in each gang reflects historical information from the LAPD.

Roberts North 15, Claremont McKenna College