Richard Berk

Richard Berk

Professor Emeritus

Office: 8138 Math Science


Phone: 310-206-9544

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Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University


Program evaluation, environmental research, criminal justice, statistical methods. Current Research: statistical methods for evaluating computer simulation models, data mining techniques and especially ensemble methods.


Regression Analysis: A Constructive Critique. Newbury Park: Sage Publications, 2003.

“Youth Homicide and the Legalization of Abortion (with Susan Sorenson, Dawn Upchurch, and Douglas Weibe), Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 3(1): 45-64, 2003.

“A Randomized Experiment Testing Inmate Classification Systems” (with Andrew Baek, Heather Ladd, and Heidi Graziano), Criminology & Public Policy, 2 (2): 215-242, 2003.

“Multilevel Statistical Models and Ecological Scaling,” (with Jan de Leeuw) in Scaling and Uncertainty Analysis in Ecology: Methods and Applications, Jianguo Wu, Bruce Jones, Habin Li, and Orie Loucks (eds.), Columbia University Press, forthcoming 2004.

“Data Mining within a Regression Framework,” in the Handbook of Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, Oded Maimon and Lior Rokach (eds.), Kluwer Publishing, forthcoming, 2005.

Awards & Grants


The Role of Race in Death Penalty Decisions, funded by the National Institute of Justice, a joint project with the RAND Corporation.

Agent-Based Simulation Models of Residential Segregation, funded by the National Science Foundation, with Robert Mare and Elizabeth Bruch.

Graduate Students

Yan He — Statistics Department
Weihua Huang — Statistics Department
Azusa Un Kuan Li — Statistics Department