His identity has been shrouded in mystery, but has the identity of famed street artist Banksy finally been revealed? According to data scientists…. yes.
According to reports, researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have used “geographic profiling”, which pinpoints precise coordinates from 140 locations of his works, using publicly available data, in order to track down Banksy.
Their conclusion, published by the Journal of Spatial Science, is that the artist’s true identity is Robin Gunningham, a man previous suspected of being the elusive artist.
The “geographic profiling” technique was previously developed to identity possible criminals using spatial locations of crimes to form an anchor point … which usually results in the perpetrator’s home or workplace. It was also used during disease outbreaks to identify the addresses of infected individuals and track down the source of the virus.
The validity of such research is in question… and another belief is that Banksy is actually a collective of artists and not juet one individual.