This chapter examines the use of computer simulation, specifically agent-based modeling, as a tool for criminologists and its potentially unique ability to examine, test, refine, and validate criminological theory. It suggests an approach to be taken by those working in this field, through the use of detailed examples of the processes necessary to define, produce, and populate both a simple model of general offending and a more detailed model for domestic burglary. It further suggests methods for evaluating such models, particularly calling for collaborative research and model replication. The authors hope that this chapter will act as a step towards an accepted ontology for volume crime simulation.
|Title of host publication||Artificial Crime Analysis Systems|
|Subtitle of host publication||Using Computer Simulations and Geographic Information Systems|
|Editors||Lin Liu, John Eck|
|Number of pages||33|
|ISBN (Print)||9781599045917, 9781616927288|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|