chapter  2
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Methods for automating the geographical analysis of crime incident data

GAMreflectstheviewthatusefulspatialanalysistoolshavetobeable tocopewithboththespecialnatureofspatialdataandend-userswhodo nothavedegreesinstatistics.Theresultshavealsotobeeasilyunderstood andself-evidentsothattheycanbereadilycommunicatedtoothernonexperts.Thisneedhasbeenclearlyexpressedasfollows:'Wewantapushbuttontoolofacademicrespectabilitywherealltheheavystuffhappens behindthescenesbuttheresultscannotbemisinterpreted'(Adrian McKeon,Infoshare:email,1997).Thereisalsoarequirementforthe resultstobeexpressedas'prettypictures'ratherthanstatistics.Thisallows theanalysttopresenttheresultstosuperiorswhohaveneitherthetime norbackgroundtounderstandtheresultsofacomplexmodelorstatistical analysis.Theyarehappythattheanalysishasbeencarriedoutina rigorouswaybutdonotneedtoknowthedetailsofthisprocess.