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Berk, Richard A.

Works: 104 works in 340 publications in 2 languages and 9,318 library holdings
Genres: Case studies 
Roles: Author, htt, Contributor, Editor, Other
Classifications: H62, 301.360973
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Most widely held works by Richard A Berk
Statistical learning from a regression perspective by Richard A Berk( )

51 editions published between 2008 and 2020 in English and German and held by 1,541 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
Regression analysis : a constructive critique by Richard A Berk( )

19 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,020 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
Thinking about program evaluation by Richard A Berk( Book )

36 editions published between 1990 and 1999 in English and held by 931 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 Henry Rossi( Book )

10 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 661 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 )

11 editions published in 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Money, work, and crime : experimental evidence by Peter H Rossi( Book )

12 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in English and held by 545 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
Just punishments : federal guidelines and public views compared by Peter H Rossi( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The national survey used a factorial survey as its design strategy, allowing for analysis of a large variety of federal crimes and variations in the social characteristics of convicted felons. A wealth of detail, along with ample graphic and tabular illustrations, extends the book's application to issues of consensus and variations in punitiveness by region and socioeconomic characteristics of respondents
Criminal justice forecasts of risk : a machine learning approach by Richard A Berk( )

12 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 443 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
A measure of justice : an empirical study of changes in the California penal code, 1955-1971 by Richard A Berk( Book )

11 editions published in 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 438 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 Undetermined and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

7 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prison reform and State elites by Richard A Berk( Book )

7 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collective behavior by Richard A Berk( Book )

7 editions published in 1974 in English and Undetermined and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 285 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 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Machine learning risk assessments in criminal justice settings by Richard A Berk( )

11 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book puts in one place and in accessible form Richard Berk's most recent work on forecasts of re-offending by individuals already in criminal justice custody. Using machine learning statistical procedures trained on very large datasets, an explicit introduction of the relative costs of forecasting errors as the forecasts are constructed, and an emphasis on maximizing forecasting accuracy, the author shows how his decades of research on the topic improves forecasts of risk. Criminal justice risk forecasts anticipate the future behavior of specified individuals, rather than "predictive policing" for locations in time and space, which is a very different enterprise that uses different data different data analysis tools. The audience for this book includes graduate students and researchers in the social sciences, and data analysts in criminal justice agencies. Formal mathematics is used only as necessary or in concert with more intuitive explanations
Dick Sudhalter and his friends "With Pleasure" by Richard M Sudhalter( )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Specific Deterrent Effects of Arrest for Domestic Assault: Minneapolis, 1981-1982 by Richard A Berk( )

8 editions published in 1984 in 3 languages and held by 33 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( )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 33 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
Evaluating Alternative Police Responses to Spouse Assault in Colorado Springs : an Enhanced Replication of the Minneapolis Experiment, 1987-1989 by Howard Black( )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

VARIABLE DESCRIPTION: Variables from initial incident reports include number of charges, date, location, and disposition of charges, victim and suspect demographics, weapon(s) used, victim injuries, medical attention received, behavior towards police, and victim and suspect comments. Data collected from counseling forms provide information on suspect demographics, 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
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Alternative Names
Berk, Richard

Berk, Richard Alan

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