HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

Spectral Analysis of Reported Crime Data

Document Type

Article

Date

Winter 1974

Publication Title

Journal of Criminal Justice

ISSN or ISBN

0047-2352

Volume

2

Issue

4

First Page

329

Last Page

344

Description

This paper applies spectral analysis to data on reported crimes for a medium-sized city. The objective is to examine certain aspects of the statistical properties of crime data, as well as to illustrate the utility of the spectral-analytic method for criminal justice research. A discussion of the theoretical underpinnings of the spectral analysis technique is provided through analogy with familiar least squares regression methods. Both spectral and cross-spectral analysis are then employed to test selected hypotheses concerning the data.

DOI

10.1016/0047-2352(74)90095-6

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