Comparative modeling approaches for understanding urban violence

Anthony Grubesic, Elizabeth Mack, Maria T. Kaylen

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The purpose of this paper is to provide a comparative analysis of three different modeling approaches for exploring structural theories of violence. Specifically, ordinary least squares regression, geographically weighted regression and data envelopment analysis will be utilized to evaluate violent crime. This type of analysis expands upon traditional theory testing by deepening our understanding of differences in crime generation and its underlying demographic and socio-economic stimuli via different methodological lenses. A case study for the city of Cincinnati, Ohio is presented and the results suggest that a combination of approaches is likely the best strategy for evaluating violence in urban areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-109
Number of pages18
JournalSocial Science Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • Data envelopment analysis
  • GIS
  • Optimization
  • Social disorganization
  • Violent crime

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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