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Scott DrotarBy Scott Drotar
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About

Who are you and what do you want?
R programmer and Statistician, Scott Drotar
R programmer and Statistician, Scott Drotar

I’m Scott Drotar. I’m a professional statistician from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Kansas

I need your support to finish the programming and statistical work on KATIA Plus. This is the next generation of the evidence-based female protection software, the KATIA rape screen, that safeguards women and moms dating online: https://www.toddandclare.com/katia/

KATIA Plus will enhance KATIA's work of saving women's lives. You can see me talk about KATIA Plus in the above video after 5 mins 49 seconds, and also on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JB70FVpVs3Y

R programmer and Statistician, Scott Drotar
R programmer and Statistician, Scott Drotar

I work with the KATIA Project, a rape screening tool to save women’s lives, that’s been developed by a Google Engineer and rape counselor, and to date has been sponsored by Todd and Clare Hammond. Learn more at the KATIA Project: https://www.toddandclare.com/katia/

R programmer and Statistician, Scott Drotar
R programmer and Statistician, Scott Drotar

What is KATIA software? How does it help women?

Give KATIA the dating profile picture of a guy online, as well as some text he has sent a woman in an email or text message, and KATIA goes to work in two ways to keep women safe. First, the program reverse image searches local and national crime databases with cutting-edge facial recognition technology, to see if the image matches any past arrest suspects, arraignments, or convicted offenders for violent crimes against women.

Basically, if a guy's mugshot is on any law enforcement file, anywhere across the nation, KATIA will find him and warn the woman. 

The KATIA Project
The KATIA Project

For a nominal admin fee of $15, the program delivers the results including any found mugshots from the reverse image search, to the woman running the screen.  

I’m working on the next generation of KATIA programs, called KATIA Plus, and I need your financial help so I can complete my programming and statistical analysis by Christmas 2016.

Talk simple. In 1 sentence: How does it work?  

KATIA matches guy's dating profiles to crime mugshots.

Why does that help women?

Because KATIA can tell girls if a guy she plans to meet online has any criminal history, of any kind.

KATIA is catching serial rapists, registered sex offenders, and child molesters, who police say are using major dating sites, apps, and classifieds to lure women. 

According to the Dallas police, rapists are using fake IDs to sign up on dating sites, and that’s been our experience, too. They sign up with fake aliases which make normal background checks useless, without facial recognition technology. 

In short, KATIA can weed them out and make online dating safer for women and single moms dating.

What’s the deal with KATIA’s linguistic analysis?

As effective as this facial recognition technology is, this is only one of the ways KATIA keeps women safe. KATIA also reads guys' dating messages and matches lures from a rape counselor’s 15-year work with rape victims.

This portion of KATIA is written in the computer science language, R, which statisticians like me use to dig deeper into data.

So, you write math and code, all from a power wheelchair?

Me with my sister, Stephanie
Me with my sister, Stephanie

Exactly. I was born with the genetic disease, spinal muscular atrophy, and I have used a power wheelchair all my life. While this is a part of my life and who I am, what is most important about me in regards to KATIA are my academic training and experience as a statistical analyst and programmer. I have a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree in quantitative psychology from the University of Kansas. Throughout my career, I have accrued over 2,500 hours of statistical consulting experience, and I have been published in multiple peer-reviewed, academic journals.

So, what’s the difference between KATIA and KATIA Plus?

KATIA reverse image searches mugshots on crime databases from posted dating selfies, and then analyzes up to 15,000 characters of a guy’s text from the rape counselor’s work. 

KATIA is already available and can be booked by women dating online here: https://www.toddandclare.com/katia/r-project/new-katia-screen/ 

KATIA Plus does exactly the same as KATIA, but will analyze more deeply, in more detail, and on mail messages over 15,000 characters long. 

With your help, I hope to finish work on KATIA Plus by Christmas.

Why can’t standard background checks do this?

Because they don’t search faces. They search names, and like we've found in dozens of examples, rapists and sex offenders lure women online using fake identities: 

https://www.toddandclare.com/katia/the-science/#child-sex-offender

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2016/02/02/rapists-luring-women-through-online-dating-sites/

KATIA and KATIA Plus screens find offenders before they get a chance to hurt another woman or child.

How does this affect me? Why should I care?

Because rape and domestic violence are terrifying crimes against women that affect many women across the country.

That’s friends, sisters, girlfriends, and moms, from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, that are at risk from online predators. According to the Washington Post, 1 in 5 of every college woman has been raped:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/local/2015/06/12/1-in-5-women-say-they-were-violated/

Where can I read more about you: 

http://www.scottdrotar.com/about/about-me/ 

And on my profile at the KATIA Project:

https://www.toddandclare.com/katia/statistical-support/ 

Where does my money go?

Who is Katia? Why can’t I see her? 

Katia is a rape survivor. She is rebuilding her life. Her identity is legally protected. You can read her oral impact statement at the KATIA Project: https://www.toddandclare.com/katia/katias-story/ 

Why isn’t KATIA patented? 

KATIA is open-source, so that it can be eventually released on the R code library repository without any legal issues. That way, computer scientists all over the U.S. will be able to contribute in the future to make KATIA stronger.

Who “owns” KATIA?

Ownership and open-source software is a complex legal question, but for working purposes, the owner is the entity who has the exclusive right recognized by all contributors to “distribute modified versions”. Which, in KATIA’s case is T&C Network Solutions, the majority financial sponsor. It’s a very similar arrangement to Oracle and MySQL.

Here’s some important links: 

+ Information about Dr. Jennifer Wilson, University of South Carolina: http://www.thestate.com/news/local/article13898999.html 

+ The Science behind KATIA: https://www.toddandclare.com/katia/the-science/ 

+ The R Foundation: https://www.r-project.org/about.html

Please use the hashtag: #StandWithKATA on social media to raise awareness of violence against women, and use the KATIA Project's logo below. Also, please take the time to "like" the KATIA Project Facebook page, to show your support and follow our progress on ending violence against women: https://www.facebook.com/katiaproject. Thank you.

The KATIA Project
The KATIA Project

Risks and challenges

While I am physically disabled, and my physical limitations do make my life more difficult sometimes, this will not at all effect my ability to complete KATIA Plus. My mind and abilities as a statistical analyst and R programmer are not effected by my disability, so there’s not a whole lot of risk. Like I say in my video above, if we can meet the donations target, I anticipate completion of all statistical analyses and programming on KATIA Plus by Christmas 2016.

With your help, I’ll be able to work pretty much full time on KATIA Plus. For those interested, the Muscular Dystrophy Association has done a profile on me here: http://transitions.mda.org/profile/scott-drotar. You can also learn more about me and my work on my website, www.scottdrotar.com.

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