Agent-based decision-support systems for crime scientists

Authored by: Daniel Birks , Michael Townsley

Routledge Handbook of Crime Science

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  November  2018

Print ISBN: 9780415826266
eBook ISBN: 9780203431405
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This chapter provides an introduction to the application of agent-based modelling for the purposes of policy decision-support in the context of addressing crime problems. It outlines key attributes of the agent-based approach and discusses how simulation experiments can support and extend theoretical and empirical work in the field of crime science. Subsequently, it presents an illustrative agent-based model capable of evaluating the effectiveness of varying police calls for service despatch strategies.

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