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Prediction on Domestic Violence in Bangladesh during the COVID-19 Outbreak Using Machine Learning Methods

Version 1 : Received: 12 April 2021 / Approved: 13 April 2021 / Online: 13 April 2021 (10:51:20 CEST)

How to cite: Hossain, M.M.; Asadullah, M.; Rahaman, A.; Miah, M.S.; Hasan, M.Z.; Paul, T.; Hossain, M.A. Prediction on Domestic Violence in Bangladesh during the COVID-19 Outbreak Using Machine Learning Methods. Preprints 2021, 2021040343 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202104.0343.v1). Hossain, M.M.; Asadullah, M.; Rahaman, A.; Miah, M.S.; Hasan, M.Z.; Paul, T.; Hossain, M.A. Prediction on Domestic Violence in Bangladesh during the COVID-19 Outbreak Using Machine Learning Methods. Preprints 2021, 2021040343 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202104.0343.v1).

Abstract

In Southern Asia, Bangladesh is a well-known developing country. Because of COVID-19, we continuously face challenges. Not only can these issues occur beyond economic or health concerns, but they also generate dangerous social problems, such as family abuse. Since the inception of this epidemic, multiple social crimes are looming. Remaining home during the lockout period enhances divorce rates. This research presents a customized forecast of family violence during the COVID-19 outbreak by using machine learning methods. In this paper, we have applied Random Forest, Logistic Regression, and Naive Bayes machine learning classifiers to predict family violence and discovered the feature importance. The performance of the classifiers is evaluated based on accuracy, precision, recall, and F-score. We have employed an oversampling strategy named synthetic minority oversampling technique (SMOTE) to solve the imbalance problem of our data. Even, we have tried to compare three machine learning model performances before and after balancing of normalization data. Finally, ROC analyses and confusion matrices were developed and analyzed by using data augmentation. Our proposed system with the random forest classifier performed better with 77% accuracy in comparison with other two machine learning classifiers.

Subject Areas

Family violence; Machine Learning; Classification; ROC; Accuracy; COVID-19

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