Synthesis Over Analysis: Towards an Ontology for Volume Crime Simulation
Daniel J. Birks (UCL Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science, UK), Susan Donkin (UCL Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science, UK) and Melanie Wellsmith (University of Huddersfield, UK)
Copyright: © 2008
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.