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The number of killings in southern rural Norway, 1300–1569

Joseph B. Kadane and Ferdinand L. Næshagen

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Three dual systems estimates are employed to study the number of killings in southern rural Norway in a period of slightly over 250 years. The first system is a set of five letters sent to each killer as part of the legal process. The second system is the mention of killings from all other contemporary sources. The posterior distributions derived suggest fewer such killings than rough demographic estimates.

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Ann. Appl. Stat., Volume 7, Number 2 (2013), 846-859.

First available in Project Euclid: 27 June 2013

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Dual systems com-binomial distribution demography integrated likelihood


Kadane, Joseph B.; Næshagen, Ferdinand L. The number of killings in southern rural Norway, 1300–1569. Ann. Appl. Stat. 7 (2013), no. 2, 846--859. doi:10.1214/12-AOAS612.

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