Honors Program


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Spring 3-19-2020


Ott, J., Pérez Giménez, X. 2020. A Mathematical Model of Speeding. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Copyright Jared Ott, Xavier Pérez Giménez 2020.


Crime is often regarded as nonsensical, impulsive, and irrational. These conjectures are pointed, though conversation about the pros and cons of crime does not happen often. People point to harsh fines, jail times, and life restrictions as their reason for judgement, stating that the trade-offs are far too unbalanced to participate in illicit activity. Yet, everyday people commit small crimes, sometimes based on hedonistic desires, other times based on a rational thought process.

Speeding seems to be one of those that almost all people commit at least once during their life. Our work hopes to make an incremental improvement on the question of “Is speeding rational?” The primary focus is to build a working, reasonable mathematical model. Once we have our model, we can begin gathering results that either verify expectations, provide insight into the workings of the system, or offer implications for speeders, officers, and their environments. From there we open the door to answering questions about the rationality of speeding.