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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Applied Statistics: M.S.


Department of Mathematics and Statistics


College of Science and Engineering

First Advisor

David Robinson

Second Advisor

Shiju Zhang

Third Advisor

Mario Hesse

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This Master’s thesis examines booking data from the Stearns County Jail covering the period of January 1, 2003, to January 31, 2015. The examination of the data will make use of Microsoft Excel, JMP, and SAS. The analysis will focus on recidivism, where recidivism is defined as being re-booked into the Stearns County Jail. The analysis will show a lognormal distribution best approximates the process at work behind the recidivism of those individuals going through multiple bookings in the Stearns County Jail. Differing recidivism for males and females are also revealed by the application of survival analysis, and gender is used as an explanatory variable in the lognormal distribution used as a model.



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