Project 2 - 2012 Spring Sentencing-1

Project 2 - 2012 Spring Sentencing-1 - Stat 102 Project 2...

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1 Stat 102 Project 2 Spring 2012 Due before 5:00pm on Wednesday, April 11, in 400 JMHH You may work individually or collaboratively in groups of up to 3 students per group. The group may consist of students from any of the three sections of stat102. Each “collaborative” of 1 to 3 students should hand in ONE project write-up. The project write-up should begin with the one page summary described in question Part A. (Different groups should work independently.) List names here: NAMES: 1. _________________________ Sect. ___________ 2. _________________________ Sect. ___________ 3. _________________________ Sect. ___________
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2 Background : The data for this Project is in the file This is adapted from a sample of court records in a major American city. These are records from individual criminal defendants who were sentenced to suspended terms for various felonies. Data such as this is used to help determine guidelines for future sentencing and to help determine whether existing sentences have been equitably imposed. Contents of Data : This data consists of records for 478 prisoners found guilty and sentenced to “suspended sentences”. These are determined by the judge in the trial. Judges have considerable leeway within broad guidelines in imposing these sentences. The first column of data gives the length of imposed sentence in months. The variables preceded by an “i-” list characteristics related to the incident for which the sentence was imposed. Thus i-age = Age at time of incident i-arson to i-other = Category of the principal (most serious) offense of which the defendant was found guilty. Most of these categories are obvious from their name. [The data collection has not done so, but these categories can be grouped into broader categories such as violent crimes (against people) consisting of assault, kidnapping manslaughter, murder rape, and perhaps robbery, since “robbery” involves physical
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2012 for the course STAT 102 taught by Professor Shaman during the Spring '08 term at UPenn.

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Project 2 - 2012 Spring Sentencing-1 - Stat 102 Project 2...

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