Modelling burglary in Chicago using a self-exciting point process with isotropic triggering

Gilmour, Craig and Higham, Desmond J. (2021) Modelling burglary in Chicago using a self-exciting point process with isotropic triggering. European Journal of Applied Mathematics. ISSN 0956-7925

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    Abstract

    Self-exciting point processes have been proposed as models for the location of criminal events in space and time. Here we consider the case where the triggering function is isotropic and takes a non-parametric form that is determined from data. We pay special attention to normalisation issues and to the choice of spatial distance measure, thereby extending the current methodology. After validating these ideas on synthetic data, we perform inference and prediction tests on public domain burglary data from Chicago. We show that the algorithmic advances that we propose lead to improved predictive accuracy.

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    Gilmour, Craig ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1612-5353 and Higham, Desmond J.;