Induction and deduction in criminal profiling

Wayne Petherick*

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In this chapter Petherick provides an overview to logic, and the role of induction and deduction in profiling. Far from being of peripheral relevance to the subject, the application of logic and reasoning is central to the differences between profiling methods, with some relying on statistical assumptions to provide a composite of the crime, and others relying more strictly on crime scene information, such as physical evidence, and what this can tell us about what happened. Examples are provided where relevant throughout to show the application of the logic.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProfiling and Serial Crime: Theoretical and Practical Issues
EditorsW Petherick
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9781455731749
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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