death.penalty {asbio}R Documentation

Florida state death penalty data

Description

Dataset detailing death penalty 674 homicide trials in the state of Florida from 1976-1987 with respect to verdict, and victim and defendant race. The data were previously used (Agresti 2012) to demonstrate Simpson's Paradox.

Usage

data(death.penalty)

Format

A data frame with 8 observations on the following 4 variables.

count

Counts from cross classifications.

verdict

Death penalty verdict No Yes.

d.race

Defendant's race Black White.

v.race

Victims' race Black White.

Details

A reversal of associations or comparisons may occur as a result of lurking variables or aggregating groups. This is called Simpson's Paradox.

Source

Agresti, A. (2012) Categorical Data Analysis, 3rd edition. New York. Wiley.

Radelet, M. L., and G. L. Pierce (1991) Choosing those who will die: race and the death penalty in Florida. Florida Law Review 43(1):1-34.

Simpson, E. H. (1951) The Interpretation of interaction in contingency tables. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Ser. B 13: 238-241.


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