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All those Asian people look alike

2012-09-26 20:54:31.985396+00 by Dan Lyke 0 comments

You stay classy there, San Francisco: SF police list arrested Asians as 'Chinese'.

Police officials have blamed the inaccurate arrest data on a 40-year-old computer system that provides officers with only four categories: white, black, Chinese and other.

Although this does bring up the deeper problem of: If you're trying to use this information to better understand the community and its policing needs, what is the right subdivision? Is 17 ethnicities enough? Does the breakdown of ethnicity vary depending on community?

And now we're way into Eric's interests in mapping and ontologies and such...

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