Sunday, December 1, 2013

Meaningless Data, Police Crime Statistics

There's an old saying in data collection and statistical analysis: garbage in, garbage out --

Police crime figures are meaningless. Ban them | Simon Jenkins | Comment is free | The Guardian: "MPs have no excuse for being shocked. Police statistics have been a conspiracy against truth for decades and they know it. Already in the early 1990s the Home Office warned that "police statistics are an unreliable guide to the extent of crime". The documentary maker, Roger Graef, recorded in his book Talking Blues that police were shifting crimes between categories." (read more at link above)

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