Exploring Patterns of Crime In Los Angeles County Using A Density Surface Model

Table of Contents

  1. Exploring Patterns of Crime In Los Angeles County Using A Density Surface Model
  2. Setting up Your Workspace
  3. Preparing the Data
  4. Skill Drill: Clipping the LA City Boundaries to the Census LA County Boundary
  5. Skill Drill: Adding XY Data
  6. Skill Drill: Clipping the Crime Data to the Census LA County Boundary
  7. Skill Drill: Creating a Subset of the Data Based on Crime Category
  8. Changing Global Environment Settings for Raster Processing
  9. Creating a Density Surface Model Using the Simple Method
  10. Creating a Density Surface Model Using the Kernel Method
  11. Skill Drill: Creating A Density Surface Model Based on Your Criteria

Changing Global Environment Settings for Raster Processing

Change the global environment settings so that the raster processing you will perform in later steps will be constrained to a specific geographic extent. In this instance, you want all raster processing to match the extent of the Los Angeles County boundary. In ArcMap, select Geoprocessing from the main menu, then select Environments.

An image of the Geoprocessing Enviorments menu option for the crime density activity
The Environments settings under the Geoprocessing menu are global settings. Any changes you make here will affect most of the tools you will use later on.

This step will open up the Environment Settings window. Here you will define the Processing Extent globally. Any changes you make here will affect the processing extent for tools you will use later on. Under Processing Extent, use the drop-down menu to select the LA County Boundary. Under Raster Analysis set the Mask settings to the Los Angeles County Boundary. By default, raster outputs are rectangular. With this setting, the output of the analysis will fill only the shape of the Los Angeles County boundary. Leave all other settings as default and click OK.

An image of the Environment settings for the crime density activity