Algorithms 'useless' at predicting suicide

Findings underscore the need for doctors to be aware of patients' risk factors

The power of big data algorithms to accurately predict whether a patient will take their own life is close to zero and will not replace the need for doctors’ risk assessments any time soon, experts say.


The comments come on the back of new US research that aimed to determine the effectiveness of current suicide prediction models at identifying those at risk of taking their own lives.

The systematic review of 64 different models that had been used on 14 million people, including Australians, showed their predictive validity in identifying those who will suicide was