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Effects of Demolishing Abandoned Buildings on Firearm Violence: A Moderation Analysis using Aerial Imagery and Deep Learning

Journal of Injury Prevention

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  • Jonathan Jay headshot Jorrit de Jong, Center director and faculty co-chair, headshot Marcia P. Jimenez headshot Quynh Nguyen headshot Jason Goldstick headshot
    Jonathan Jay, Jorrit de Jong, Marcia P. Jimenez, Quynh Nguyen, Jason Goldstick
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Demolishing abandoned buildings has been found to reduce nearby firearm violence. However, these effects might vary within cities and across time scales. We aimed to identify potential moderators of the effects of demolitions on firearm violence using a novel approach that combined machine learning and aerial imagery.

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