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This volume shows how state-of-the-art geographic information systems (GIS), used to display patterns of crime to stimulate effective strategies and decision-making, are revolutionizing urban law enforcement. The contributors present expert information for understanding and successfully employing the latest technologies in this field.

Tools for Spatial Analysis
Tools for spatial analysis

Despite advances in geographic information systems (GIS), the statistical capacity of most GIS packages is severely limited. Nearly all GIS programs can produce descriptive statistics, and many contain tools for creating complex variables. For spatial statistical analysis, however, most analysts must rely on third-party add-on software.

Chapter 13, by Doug Williamson, Timothy A. Ross, Sara McLafferty, and Victor Goldsmith, evaluates software used to generate spatial statistics. There is a vital need for this review. Many spatial statistics software programs are written out of necessity by academics or other researchers as by-products of their research. The existence of various software programs and the knowledge of their capacities spread by word of mouth rather than through advertising or widespread exposure in ...

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