Last year, I used CrimeStat to show different programs performing basic density analysis. But, CrimeStat can really do a whole lot more! CrimeStat IV boosts 60 different routines, so there is plenty of analytic power in this Windows-based program.
An abbreviated list of features:
- Importing two files with X/Y coordinates
- Creating a reference grid
- Using different types of distance measurement
- Measures of Spatial Distribution (Mean center, standard distance,etc.)
- Spatial Autocorrelation Indices
- Distance Analysis (Nearest neighbor, Ripley's K,...)
- Hot spot analysis
- Spatial Modeling/Interpolation
- Journey-to-crime analysis
- Spatial Modeling (several types of regression models)
- Time-series forecasting
On the other hand, you can import GIS-related file types such as shapefiles, *.dbf files, and ASCII/delimited files (i.e. *.csv). Once you have decided on what type of analysis you are going to run, be sure to read how to import your data. Once past this minor obstacle, you will be free to conduct your analysis...for free!
CrimeStat's tabs make navigation easy. The program opens to the Data Setup tab--which is a necessary first stop. Click to magnify the screenshot below.
|Like many free and open source programs, learning on how to import your data is a crucial first step! Understanding your projection, as always is also key, especially when moving the results back into a GIS.|
|The Spatial Description analysis tab shows the basic premise of CrimeStat. After loading your data, the program makes the necessary computations and 'saves result to'/Saves output to a folder for importing into a GIS.|