Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Mark Ecker


The Federal Bureau of Investigation releases data about crime statistics. They publish the raw data and provide factors that influence the crime rate. They provide the general public with a few variables that they deemed most influential, but do not provide the statistical analysis to support. After performing a statistical analysis, I support or disprove their claims. Another way to question the validity of regression is comparing the current regression to a previous regression performed two years ago by myself with the same variables from the same source. An additional aspect that this paper explores the history of factors affecting crime rates throughout literature. There has been evidence in literature that has been found to be linked to each of the variables being tested with this regression, but not all of them will turn up to be significant through the regression analysis. The purpose of this paper was to take a critical look at performing regression analysis by comparing background literature, data release by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and a previous regression analysis.

Year of Submission



Department of Mathematics

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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