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This practical textbook is a valuable supplement for courses in Research Methods and/or Statistics in departments of criminal justice or criminology. The only book of its kind, this text guides students through the process of conducting criminological data analysis.

Creating Composite Measures
Creating composite measures

Now that you've had a chance to get familiar with univariate analysis, we're going to add a little more sophistication to that process. As you're about to see, it is not necessary to limit your analysis to single measures of a variable. In this chapter, we're going to create composite measures made up of multiple indicators of a single concept.

Why would a criminal justice researcher want to do that? Many of the key concepts in criminal justice are complex and can't be indicated simply by the responses to a single variable or by a single piece of information. To take a very important example, how do we define crime among the most important concepts in criminal justice? If we were ...

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