Spectral analysis of reported crime data

Lee R. McPheters, William B. Stronge

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This paper applies spectral analysis to data on reported crimes for a medium-sized city. The objective is to examine certain aspects of the statistical properties of crime data, as well as to illustrate the utility of the spectral-analytic method for criminal justice research. A discussion of the theoretical underpinnings of the spectral analysis technique is provided through analogy with familiar least squares regression methods. Both spectral and cross-spectral analysis are then employed to test selected hypotheses concerning the data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-344
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Criminal Justice
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1974

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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