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VOL. 2 | 2008 Counting the homeless in Los Angeles County
Richard Berk, Brian Kriegler, Donald Ylvisaker

Editor(s) Deborah Nolan, Terry Speed

Inst. Math. Stat. (IMS) Collect., 2008: 127-141 (2008) DOI: 10.1214/193940307000000428


Over the past two decades, a variety of methods have been used to count the homeless in large metropolitan areas. In this paper, we report on an effort to count the homeless in Los Angeles County, one that employed the sampling of census tracts. A number of complications are discussed, including the need to impute homeless counts to areas of the County not sampled. We conclude that, despite their imperfections, estimated counts provided useful and credible information to the stakeholders involved.


Published: 1 January 2008
First available in Project Euclid: 7 April 2008

zbMATH: 1166.62381
MathSciNet: MR2459951

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/193940307000000428

Primary: 62P25

Keywords: Homelessness , random forests , small area estimation

Rights: Copyright © 2008, Institute of Mathematical Statistics


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