Definition of profiling in English:

profiling

Line breaks: pro|fil¦ing
Pronunciation: /ˈprəʊfʌɪlɪŋ
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • The recording and analysis of a person’s psychological and behavioural characteristics, so as to assess or predict their capabilities in a certain sphere or to assist in identifying categories of people: we put everyone through psychometric profiling the police are building up a comprehensive system of offender profiling to assist in the hunt for murderers and rapists
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    • There's no psychological profiling or involuntary behavioural modification going on here, just a cassette playing a muffled selection of old dance anthems, the hits of Ibiza '97.
    • The goal of investigative psychology's form of profiling, like all profiling, is to infer characteristics of a criminal based on his or her behavior during the crime.
    • In their search for the sniper, police are relying on psychological profiling to better understand and predict what's going through the sniper's mind.

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