33 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2017 Last revised: 16 Aug 2017
Date Written: May 30, 2017
The recent increase in the national homicide rate in the United States has generated much speculation about its causes among the media. In this article we show how two data visualization tools, funnel charts and time series fan charts, can show the typical volatility in homicide rates in different cities over time. Many of the recent increases are not out of the norm given historical patterns, and so one need not rely on various ex-ante hypotheses to explain recent homicide spikes occurring in some U.S. cities.
Keywords: Data-Visualization, Funnel-Charts, Fan-Charts, Homicide-Rates, Time-Series
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Wheeler, Andrew Palmer and Kovandzic, Tomislav Victor, Monitoring Volatile Homicide Trends Across U.S. Cities (May 30, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2977556