Predicting crime has been a staple of scifi movies for decades – but the US Army says it now has a working system.

Using the military records of all 975,057 soldiers who served during a six-year period, researchers have developed an algorithm to predict which soldiers would subsequently commit a ‘severe physical violent crime’.

The system is designed to allow those at risk to be given counseling or another intervention.

Hundreds of potential predictors were examined using the extensive administrative records available for all soldiers.

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