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Counting the homeless in Los Angeles County

Richard Berk, Brian Kriegler, and Donald Ylvisaker

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Abstract

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.

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Source
Deborah Nolan and Terry Speed, eds., Probability and Statistics: Essays in Honor of David A. Freedman (Beachwood, Ohio, USA: Institute of Mathematical Statistics, 2008), 127-141

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 7 April 2008

Permanent link to this document
https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.imsc/1207580082

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.1214/193940307000000428

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR2459951

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
1166.62381

Subjects
Primary: 62P25: Applications to social sciences

Keywords
homelessness random forests small area estimation

Rights
Copyright © 2008, Institute of Mathematical Statistics

Citation

Berk, Richard; Kriegler, Brian; Ylvisaker, Donald. Counting the homeless in Los Angeles County. Probability and Statistics: Essays in Honor of David A. Freedman, 127--141, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Beachwood, Ohio, USA, 2008. doi:10.1214/193940307000000428. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.imsc/1207580082


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