3.6 Types of Link Analysis

3.6 Types of Link Analysis

Link analysis is the process of building up networks of interconnected objects or items over time and the use of special techniques and software tools for forming, examining, modifying, analyzing, searching, and displaying these patterns of behavior, especially for the investigative data miner. These objects or items may consist of entities, events, and associations. Typically, the entities of interest include:

  • Places, such as a physical or IP address, or geo code coordinate, such as latitude

  • Organizations, such as cells, gangs, governments, commercial or military units

  • Facilities, such as factories, airports, hotels, schools, warehouses

  • Individuals, such as names, titles, or identification numbers

  • Components, such as chemicals, fertilizers, masks, acids

  • Documents, such as passports, driver licenses, e-mails

  • Money, such as cash, wire transfers, money orders

  • Weapons, such as guns, knifes, rifles, bombs

  • Vehicles, such as planes, trucks, boats, cars

  • Drugs, such as type, weight, source

Additionally, for entities, such as a suspect, other more detailed dimensions may be available, such as name, aliases, gender, membership, affiliation, relegion, marital status, citizenship, race, date of birth, occupation, country of origin, hair color, eye color, height, weight, countries visited, among other things.

For events the nature of the investigation is the determiner of the dimensions in the data. For example, for counter-drug analysts, this may include processing, purchasing, transportation of drugs, planning, meeting, cartel association, region affiliation, training or educational background, military background, and communication about drugs. On the other hand, for counter-terrorist intelligence analysts those events may include the dimensions of training in weapons and tactics, affiliations to groups, place of birth, bombing, hijacking, killing, hostage-taking, countries visited, buying and stealing of weapons, the sending and receiving of money, and the purchases of materials for the assembling of weapons of mass destruction.

Investigative Data Mining for Security and Criminal Detection
Investigative Data Mining for Security and Criminal Detection
ISBN: 0750676132
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2005
Pages: 232
Authors: Jesus Mena
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