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Measuring the Demand for Court Services: A Critique of the Federal District Courts Case Weights

Robert W. Gillespie
Journal of the American Statistical Association
Vol. 69, No. 345 (Mar., 1974), pp. 38-43
DOI: 10.2307/2285497
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2285497
Page Count: 6
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Measuring the Demand for Court Services: A Critique of the Federal District Courts Case Weights
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Abstract

The case weights used by the Federal District Courts are evaluated in conceptual terms and in terms of the sample design used recently to reestimate the weights. The weights are shown to be conceptually inferior to another set and to be seriously underestimated. A closed form expression is derived for the underestimation bias and is used to show the probable magnitude of the underestimation.

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