Cited by a 2012 TIME Magazine cover story (“One A Day”) suicide, particularly the military, is a severe public health problem: Veteran suicide rates, nearly double those of adults in the general U.S. population. And to date there has been a lack of success so far in military efforts to understand and address the suicide crisis: “No program, outreach or initiative has worked against the surge in Army suicides, and no one knows why nothing works.” (Time) In this talk we will describe how we have built a real time risk assessment framework with the US Veterans Administration. As well as how Hadoop and HBase are being used to build further systems based on our new Bayesian Counters framework to predict realtime risk. Bayesian Counters framework was, in part, developed to predict military mental health risks. Trying to help to solve this complicated puzzle, towards the goal of reducing suicidality among those who have served the nation.
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