The Nature of Induction and Deduction in Criminal Profiling

Wayne Petherick, Bond University

Document Type Book Chapter

Petherick, Wayne (2006) The Nature of Induction and Deduction in Criminal Profiling is a chapter in Serial Crime: Theoretical and Practical Issues in Behavioral Profiling, Petherick, Wayne, editor; Elsevier / Academic Press, Burlington, MA, 2006, Chapter 2, pp. 15-27.
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2006 HERDC submission

Abstract

This chapter will provide an in-depth examination of the two approaches used by profilers to arrive at their conclusions: induction and deduction. First, a general commentary on the logic of criminal profiling will be provided, followed by a detailed discussion of induction and deduction, and will illustrate the fundamental differences between the two approaches. Finally, a hypothetical case scenario will highlight the procedural aspects of how hypotheses are generated and a deductive conclusion is drawn.

 

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