Count Models in Criminology

  • John M. MacDonald
  • Pamela K. Lattimore


Crime can be measured in many metrics, including occurrence (yes/no), seriousness (e.g., felony/misdemeanor), and frequency or rate. Frequency can be considered in two analogous ways – how soon until an occurrence (the rate) or how many occurrences per unit such as weeks, months, or years (counts). We can also look at frequency with respect to other units such as population groups or areal units like neighborhoods or counties.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John M. MacDonald
    • 1
  • Pamela K. Lattimore
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of CriminologyUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.RTI InternationalDurhamUSA

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