A Statistical Approach to Crime Linkage

  title={A Statistical Approach to Crime Linkage},
  author={Michael D. Porter},
  journal={The American Statistician},
  pages={152 - 165}
ABSTRACT The object of this article is to develop a statistical approach to criminal linkage analysis that discovers and groups crime events that share a common offender and prioritizes suspects for further investigation. Bayes factors are used to describe the strength of evidence that two crimes are linked. Using concepts from agglomerative hierarchical clustering, the Bayes factors for crime pairs are combined to provide similarity measures for comparing two crime series. This facilitates… 
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