The number of 311 requests for rodent abatement has increased substantially over the past two years. Currently, the Department of Health's Rodent Control team mostly inspects locations where rats have been reported by residents. However, there may be places in the city where rat infestations go unreported, increasing the citywide rodent population. In this project, we will develop a predictive model that generalizes data coming in through the city's 311 system to identify locations where rodent infestations are likely. We will then select locations for Rodent Control to inspect in order to validate the model’s predictions. If successful, this model will help Rodent Control proactively inspect and treat locations where they are likely to find rats, controlling populations before infestations worsen.
The Lab @ DC
Office of the City Administrator
Executive Office of the Mayor
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20004
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