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dc.contributor.authorBirks, Danielen_US
dc.contributor.authorTownsley, Michaelen_US
dc.contributor.authorStewart, Annaen_US
dc.contributor.editorWayne Osgooden_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T12:54:16Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T12:54:16Z
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.date.modified2012-08-07T23:33:16Z
dc.identifier.issn1745-9125en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1745-9125.2011.00258.xen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/46072
dc.description.abstractThis study demonstrates that computational modeling and, in particular, agent-based modeling (ABM) offers a viable compatriot to traditional experimental methodologies for criminology scholars. ABM can be used as a means to operationalize and test hypothetical mechanisms that offer a potential explanation for commonly observed criminological phenomena. This study tests whether the hypothesized mechanisms of environmental criminology are sufficient to produce several commonly observed characteristics of crime. We present an ABM of residential burglary, simulating a world inhabited by potential targets and offenders who behave according to the theoretical propositions of environmental criminology. A series of simulated experiments examining the impact of these mechanisms on patterns of offending are performed. The outputs of these simulations then are compared with several well-established findings derived from empirical studies of residential burglary, including the spatial concentration of crime, repeat victimization, and the journey to crime curve. The results from this research demonstrate that the propositions of the routine activity approach, rational choice perspective, and crime pattern theory provide a viable generative explanation for several independent characteristics of crime.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.en_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Statesen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom221en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto254en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue1en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalCriminologyen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume50en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCriminological Theoriesen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode160204en_US
dc.titleGenerative Explanations of Crime: Using Simulation to Test Criminological Theoryen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.rights.copyrightSelf-archiving of the author-manuscript version is not yet supported by this journal. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version or contact the author[s] for more information.en_US
gro.date.issued2012
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