Towards a Multidimensional Model for Terrorist Attacks Analysis and Mining

Firas Saidi, Zouheir Trabelsi, Henda Ben Ghezala

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Abstract

Terrorist attacks are in exponentially growth and cause daily dire human and material damages. Analyzing potential terrorism data is without doubt an indispensable task not only to understand these terrorist events, mainly terrorist implicated actors, their communities and their operation methods and tactics, but also to predict future attacks. However, terrorist events are commonly conducted differently and rarely fit the models of conventional attacks. Thus, terrorist events are usually hard to analyze, mine and investigate. In this paper, we propose a multidimensional model, named Terrorist Data Warehouse (TerDW), for allowing terrorist investigators to perform interesting and specific analysis for decision-making objectives. Practically, while consulting gathered information relative to specific terrorist attacks, such as attacks' locations, dates, used weapons, and implicated attackers, investigators can query the proposed data warehouse (TerDW) using multidimensional queries. The proposed model is based on consistent dimensions and measures. Terrorist attacks data are extracted from Global Terrorism Database (GTD), a well-known database that includes information about terrorist events that took place from 1970 to 2017. Examples of queries have been conducted to evaluate the efficiency of the proposed model. The queries' results demonstrate clearly that the proposed model allows investigators to carry out more appropriate multidimensional analysis, investigations and decisions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication28th International Conference on Computer Theory and Applications, ICCTA 2018 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages55-59
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781538692387
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 30 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event28th International Conference on Computer Theory and Applications, ICCTA 2018 - Alexandria, Egypt
Duration: Oct 30 2018Nov 1 2018

Publication series

Name28th International Conference on Computer Theory and Applications, ICCTA 2018 - Proceedings

Conference

Conference28th International Conference on Computer Theory and Applications, ICCTA 2018
Country/TerritoryEgypt
CityAlexandria
Period10/30/1811/1/18

Keywords

  • GTD
  • MDX
  • OLAP analysis
  • TerDW
  • Terrorist Attack

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications

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