This chapter covers The Fallacy of Accuracy in Criminal Profiling; that is, while accuracy is cited as one yardstick of whether a profile is useful, it may in fact be the worst predictor of the utility of a profile. For example, what happens if a profile is accurate on 10 characteristics, but none of them actually helps police identify any suspect pools? What about in another instance where the profile gives 10 characteristics, is accurate on three of them, and one of those three helps identify a suspect who turns out to be the killer? Which has the right to claim accuracy? Which on utility? These issues are discussed in detail.
|Title of host publication||Profiling and Serial Crime: Theoretical and Practical Issues|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2013|