Conjunctive analysis of case configurations: An introduction to configural thinking

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Journal article

Timothy C. Hart (Griffith University) , Asier Moneva (Crimina Center for the Study and Prevention of Crime at Miguel Hernandez University)


This paper establishes the first Spanish step-by-step guide to carry out a Conjunctive Analysis of Case Configurations. It is defined as an exploratory technique for multivariate analysis of categorical data, which is an alternative to other traditional methods. Through its logical development, we intend to show a systematic method for data preparation that allows a wide range of analysis to be conducted on them, showing both the advantages it offers and its inherent limitations. To clearly illustrate its application process, two databases managed by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research have been used: The National Incident Based Report System and The Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics. The interpretation of results obtained by this technique allows reaching conclusions that may have important implications for several evidence based decision-making processes.



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