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Crime Mapping: A Journal of Research and Practice

Co-Editors Timothy C. Hart, Ph.D. & Paul Zandbergen, Ph.D

ISSN: 1942-0927 (Print) • ISSN: 2152-9876 (Online)

Keywords: Environmental Criminology, Crime Analysis, Space, Time, and Crime

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Hierarchical Feature-Space Modeling of Temporal Patterns in Criminal Site-Selection Problems
Abstract | Pp. 31–58 |

Integrating temporal factors into current spatial analysis methodologies offers law enforcement personnel an improved understanding of criminal activity. This research adds a hierarchical framework to a spatial-choice model to account for temporal patterns in criminal site-selection problems. In order to investigate the efficiency of this approach, we analyze both a simulated data set and a real-world crime data set from a U.S. city. The development of this hierarchical feature-space model (HFSM) offers improvement in predictive performance during specified temporal intervals and improves the ability of law enforcement personnel to identify, and prepare for, spatial-temporal shifts in the criminal site-selection process.

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