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The mathematics of geographic profiling

NCJ Number
Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling Volume: 6 Issue: 3 Dated: 2009 Pages: 253-265
Date Published
October 2009
13 pages

The authors first describe some of the mathematical foundations of the geographic profiling problem and then present a new mathematical framework for the geographic profiling problems.


The new mathematical framework for the geographic profiling problem is based on Bayesian statistical methods that make explicit connections between assumptions on offender behaviour and the components of the mathematical model. It also can consider local geographic features that either influence the selection of a crime site or influence the selection of an offender's anchor point. (Published abstract provided)

Date Published: October 1, 2009