Multiattribute Utility Measurement and the Model of Judicial Decision Making

  • Austin Lovegrove
Part of the Research in Criminology book series (RESEARCH CRIM.)


The purpose of the MAUM analysis is to understand how judges construe the seriousness of offense characteristics of burglary as part of their determination of appropriate sentences for cases of burglary. Specifically, judicial input is sought on the scaling of seriousness in relation to the offense characteristics of burglary and the weighting of these case factors. This analysis comprises the following elements:
  1. 1.

    Identification and operational definition of the offense characteristics material to seriousness

  2. 2.

    Development of scales of relative seriousness for each offense factor

  3. 3.

    Determination of the relative importance of each offense factor in the assessment of seriousness

  4. 4.

    Calculation of the overall seriousness of the offense characteristics

  5. 5.

    Assessment of the sensitivity of the estimates of the weights for the offense factors



Judicial Decision Objective Scale Case Factor Archival Study Holistic Assessment 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Austin Lovegrove
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  1. 1.Criminology DepartmentUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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