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Data Mining and Predictive Analysis by Colleen McCue

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Normal Crime

“When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.”

Eric Hoffer

Crime is behavior. Like many other patterns of behavior, even the most serious violent crime frequently can be characterized, categorized, anticipated, and hopefully even predicted. In many ways, the behavioral analysis of violent crime is based on this assumption. If it were not predictable, we would not have the field of criminal profiling. We also would not have as many interesting movies or books.

While it is relatively interesting to sit back and assume the role of an armchair behavioral psychologist, the field truly is much more complicated than the popular press would lead one to believe. This can be a source of frustration for ...

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