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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.

Chapter 13: Evaluating Statistical Software for Analyzing Crime Patterns and Trends

Evaluating Statistical Software for Analyzing Crime Patterns and Trends
Evaluating statistical software for analyzing crime patterns and trends
DougWilliamson
Timothy A.Ross
SaraMclafferty
VictorGoldsmith
Authors' Note: All olf the tables and figures to which this chapter refers can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.urbanresearch.org.

In many crime analysis settings, the maps and overlay analysis provided by geographic information systems (GIS) are not sufficient. Statistical methods are needed to test hypotheses about the causes and correlates of crime patterns. Most of the GIS packages used in this book have relatively limited capabilities for statistical and spatial data analysis. In general, they produce only simple descriptive statistics, such as frequency, mean, and standard deviation, and the packages do not reflect the most recent developments in spatial analysis and modeling. For this ...

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