February 17, 2020

Crime News Data - Analysis of the Odd Crimes Database.


Comparing Different Data Sources


In 2011, OddCrime's database recorded 460 news items about murder-suicide events. The Violence Policy Center's (VPC) determined that there were 313 murder-suicide events for the first half of 2011. The disparity is primarily due to the fact that multiple stories were written about the same event.

Even with acknowledging the skewing effect of not calculating frequency, OddCrimes still correlates with most other studies within the same domain. Consider the following chart of OddCrimes data:

Murder-Suicide News Events Collected by the
It correlates with Psychology.com's February 2015 report (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/wicked-deeds/201502/suicide-is-the-new-murder-in-america) which showed the same sharp increase in murder-suicides during the same time period. << Read More >>