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Berk, Richard A.

Works: 66 works in 228 publications in 1 language and 8,653 library holdings
Genres: Case studies 
Roles: Author, Other, Editor
Classifications: H62, 301.360973
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Most widely held works by Richard A Berk
Thinking about program evaluation by Richard A Berk( Book )

26 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and held by 769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comprehensive in coverage, but selective in the amount of detailed discussion, this edition provides an introduction to the variety of purposes for which evaluation research may be used and to the range of methods that are currently employed
The roots of urban discontent: public policy, municipal institutions, and the ghetto by Peter H Rossi( Book )

10 editions published in 1974 in English and Undetermined and held by 683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The central concern of this volume is to examine the interrelationships between three levels of urban social structure: (1) local public policy-makers, comprised of elected public officials, the heads of major municipal departments, and "civic notables," or persons who play important roles in urban civic life; (2) "institutional agents," or persons who operate on the grass roots levels of important urban structures, for example, policemen, teachers, case workers, retail merchants, and personnel offices of major employers; and (3) rank-and-file black citizens. The design of the study is comparative. Fifteen cities were examined, representing 13 of the 15 major metropolitan areas of the U.S. The historical context is early 1968 when the field work for the study was undertaken. The research described in this volume tends to support three major conclusions: First, the central institutions of different cities treat their black citizens quite differently. Second, black citizens keenly appreciate those differences. Third, the different treatment of blacks from place to place depends on the political strength that they can muster. In cities where blacks are a large proportion of the electorate, municipal administrations tend to be more attentive to black leaders. In cities where blacks are poorly organized or constitute a small minority, black citizens tend to get short shrift. (Author/JM)
Crime as play : delinquency in a middle class suburb by Pamela Richards( Book )

8 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Just punishments : federal guidelines and public views compared by Peter H Rossi( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sentencing guidelines written by the U.S. Sentencing Commission for the federal criminal courts were designed to lead to uniform and just punishments for convicted criminals. How well did the Commission's judgments about what were just punishments compare to the view of the American public? Using data from a 1994 national household survey, the authors compare the punishments prescribed by the Commission to those desired by the public. Contrary to the frequent claims to excessive leniency on the part of judges that are often asserted by journalists and shapers of opinions, Rossi and Berk find strong correspondence between the median sentences deemed appropriate by the public and the sentences prescribed by the guidelines
Money, work, and crime : experimental evidence by Peter H Rossi( Book )

8 editions published between 1980 and 2013 in English and held by 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Money, Work, and Crime: Experimental Evidence presents the complete details of the Department of Labor's 3.4 million Transitional Aid Research Project (TARP), a large-scale field experiment which attempted to reduce recidivism on the part of ex-felons. Beginning in January 1976, some prisoners released from state institutions in Texas and Georgia were offered financial aid for periods of up to six months post-release. Payments were made in the form of Unemployment Insurance benefits. The ex-prisoners who were eligible for payments were compared with control groups released at the same time fr
A measure of justice : an empirical study of changes in the California penal code, 1955-1971 by Richard A Berk( Book )

9 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Social impact of AIDS in the U.S. by Richard A Berk( Book )

8 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Labor and leisure at home : content and organization of the household day by Richard A Berk( Book )

12 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Regression analysis : a constructive critique by Richard A Berk( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Regression Analysis : A Constructive Critique identifies a wide variety of problems with regression analysis as it is commonly used and then provides a number of ways in which practice could be improved. Regression is most useful for data reduction, leading to relatively simple but rich and precise descriptions of patterns in a data set. The emphasis on description provides readers with an insightful rethinking from the ground up of what regression analysis can do, so that readers can better match regression analysis with useful empirical questions and improved policy-related research."--Jacket
Prison reform and State elites by Richard A Berk( Book )

6 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A national sample survey public opinion on sentencing federal crimes by Peter H Rossi( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collective behavior by Richard A Berk( Book )

5 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Water shortage : lessons in conservation from the great California drought, 1976-1977( Book )

4 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Statistical learning from a regression perspective by Richard A Berk( Book )

25 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Statistical Learning from a Regression Perspective considers statistical learning applications when interest centers on the conditional distribution of the response variable, given a set of predictors, and when it is important to characterize how the predictors are related to the response. As a first approximation, this is can be seen as an extension of nonparametric regression. Among the statistical learning procedures examined are bagging, random forests, boosting, and support vector machines. Response variables may be quantitative or categorical." "Real applications are emphasized, especially those with practical implications. One important theme is the need to explicitly take into account asymmetric costs in the fitting process. For example, in some situations false positives may be far less costly than false negatives. Another important theme is to not automatically cede modeling decisions to a fitting algorithm. In many settings, subject-matter knowledge should trump formal fitting criteria. Yet another important theme is to appreciate the limitation of one's data and not apply statistical learning procedures that require more than the data can provide." "The material is written for graduate students in the social and life sciences and for researchers who want to apply statistical learning procedures to scientific and policy problems."--Jacket
Dick Sudhalter and his friends "With Pleasure" by Richard M Sudhalter( )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Criminal justice forecasts of risk : a machine learning approach by Richard A Berk( Book )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Machine learning and nonparametric function estimation procedures can be effectively used in forecasting. One important and current application is used to make forecasts of future dangerousness" to inform criminal justice decision. Examples include the decision to release an individual on parole, determination of the parole conditions, bail recommendations, and sentencing. Since the 1920s, "risk assessments" of various kinds have been used in parole hearings, but the current availability of large administrative data bases, inexpensive computing power, and developments in statistics and computer science have increased their accuracy and applicability. In this book, these developments are considered with particular emphasis on the statistical and computer science tools, under the rubric of supervised learning, that can dramatically improve these kinds of forecasts in criminal justice settings. The intended audience is researchers in the social sciences and data analysts in criminal justice agencies."--Publisher's website
Evaluating Alternative Police Responses to Spouse Assault in Colorado Springs An Enhanced Replication of the Minneapolis Experiment, 1987-1989 by Howard Black( )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The purpose of this study was to replicate an experiment in Minneapolis (MINNEAPOLIS INTERVENTION PROJECT, 1986-1987 [ICPSR 9808]) testing alternative police response to cases of spouse assault, using a larger number of subjects and a more complex research design. The study focused on how police response affected subsequent incidents of spouse assault. Police responses studied included arrest, issuing emergency protection orders, referring the suspect to counseling, separating the suspect and the victim, and restoring order only (no specific action). Data were obtained through initial incident reports, counseling information, and personal interviews. Follow-up interviews were conducted at three- and six-month periods, and recidivists were identified through police and court record checks. Variables from initial incident reports include number of charges, date, location, and disposition of charges, weapon(s) used, victim injuries, medical attention received, behavior towards police, victim and suspect comments, and demographic information such as race, sex, relationship to victim/offender, age, and past victim/offender history. Data collected from counseling forms provide information on demographic characteristics of the suspect, type of counseling, topics covered in counseling, suspect's level of participation, and therapist comments. Court records investigate victim and suspect criminal histories, including descriptions of charges and their disposition, conditions of pretrial release, and the victim's contact with pretrial services. Other variables included in follow-up checks focus on criminal and offense history of the suspect. The data collection includes separate data files for the original, second, and final versions of some of the forms that were used.... Cf.:
Race and the Decision to Seek the Death Penalty in Federal Cases, 1995-2000 [United States]( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The purpose of this project was to examine possible defendant and victim race effects in capital decisions in the federal system. Per the terms of their grant, the researchers selected cases that were handled under the revised Death Penalty Protocol of 1995 and were processed during Attorney General Janet Reno's term in office. The researchers began the project by examining a sample of Department of Justice Capital Case Unit (CCU) case files. These files contained documents submitted by the United States Attorney's Office (USAO), a copy of the indictment, a copy of the Attorney General's Review Committee on Capital Cases (AGRC's) draft and final memorandum to the Attorney General (AG), and a copy of the AG's decision letter. Next, they created a list of the types of data that would be feasible and desirable to collect and constructed a case abstraction form and coding rules for recording data on victims, defendants, and case characteristics from the CCU's hard-copy case files. The record abstractors did not have access to information about defendant or victim gender or race. Victim and defendant race and gender data were obtained from the CCU's electronic files. Five specially trained coders used the case abstraction forms to record and enter salient information in the CCU hard-copy files into a database. Coders worked on only one case at a time. The resulting database contains 312 cases for which defendant- and victim-race data were available for the 94 federal judicial districts. These cases were received by the CCU between January 1, 1995 and July 31, 2000, and for which the AG at the time had made a decision about whether to seek the death penalty prior to December 31, 2000. The 312 cases includes a total of 652 defendants (see SAMPLING for cases not included). The AG made a seek/not-seek decision for 600 of the defendants, with the difference between the counts s... Cf.:
Specific Deterrent Effects of Arrest for Domestic Assault: Minneapolis, 1981-1982 by Richard A Berk( )

4 editions published in 1984 in 3 languages and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This data collection contains information on 330 incidents of domestic violence in Minneapolis. Part 1, Police Data, contains data from the initial police reports filled out after each incident. Parts 2-5 are based on interviews that were conducted with all parties to the domestic assaults. Information for Part 2, Initial Data, was gathered from the victims after the incidents. Part 3, Follow-Up Data, consists of data from follow-up interviews with the victims and with relatives and acquaintances of both victims and suspects. There could be up to 12 contacts per case. Suspect interviews are the source for Part 4, Suspect Data. An experimental section, Part 5, Repeat Data, contains information on repeat incidents of domestic assault from interviews with victims. Parts 2-5 include items such as socioeconomic and demographic data describing the suspect and the victim, relationship (husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, lover, divorced, separated), nature of the argument that spurred the assault, presence or absence of physical violence, and the nature and extent of police contact in the incident. The collection also includes police records, which are the basis for Parts 6-9. These files record the date of the crime, ethnicity of the participants, presence or absence of alcohol or drugs and weapons, and whether a police assault occurred.... Cf.:
Race and the decision to seek the death penalty in federal cases by Stephen P Klein( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study examined the relationship between the federal government's decision to seek the death penalty in a case and that case's characteristics, including the defendant's and victim's races. This research began by identifying the types of data that would be appropriate and feasible to gather. Next, case characteristics were abstracted from Department of Justice Capital Case Unit (CCU) files. Defendant- and victim-race data were obtained from electronic files. Finally, three independent teams used these data to investigate whether charging decisions were related to defendant or victim race. The teams also examined whether these decisions were related to case characteristics and geographic area. There are large race effects in the raw data that are of concern. However, all three teams found that controlling for nonracial case characteristics eliminated these effects, and that these characteristics could predict the seek decision with 85 to 90 percent accuracy. These findings support the view that decisions to seek the death penalty were driven by heinousness of crimes rather than by race. Nevertheless, these findings are not definitive because of the difficulties in determining causation from statistical modeling of observational data
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Regression analysis : a constructive critique
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Berk, Richard

Berk, Richard Alan

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Regression analysis : a constructive critiqueStatistical learning from a regression perspective