Richard Berk

Professor Emeritus

Contact Information

Office  8138 MATH SCIEN
Phone  310-206-9544


Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University


  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.

Selected Publications

  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.


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

Graduate Students

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