FBI Analytical Software

I watched this cool documentary on tv last night (don't remember what it was called) about this huge software app that the government uses to find patterns in people's behavior and purchases. The application is called “MATRIX” (which stands for something, but I don't recall what it was). Basically it takes all kinds of information and plugs it into a single system and as information is entered it fires certain flags when needed. For example, when you travel it checks your name against all kinds of algorithms to see if you might be a 'threat'. There was a subsystem of the MATRIX called NORA (which stands for 'Non-Obvious Relationship Analysis') and will check for ridiculous patterns that might not be obvious otherwise. So say, for example, that I took a class with Joe Schmoe when I was in college. Well one of his friends', friends', best friend is targetted as a “threat”. Well, since I knew his buddy's, buddy's, buddy, I could be a possible threat too. Of course it is more complex and calculated than that, but you get the idea.

Ironically enough, I was blogging and saw that the government has a $170,000,000 application that they are replacing “...is so inadequate and outdated that a new one will have to be built from scratch” WOW! Apparently they don't read Joel's blogs (this one in particular). Hmm, I wonder if they will use DynamiCube 3.0?...

Print | posted on Friday, January 21, 2005 5:32 PM