Bernard Silverman's publications


(a)     Bernard W. Silverman, Kyle Vincent & Lax Chan. Bootstrapping multiple systems estimates to account for model selection.  Statistics and Computing 34, 44 (2024). DOI: 10.1007/s11222-023-10346-9


(a)    Rowland G. Seymour & Bernard W. Silverman. How Can We Estimate Modern Slavery Globally?
CHANCE 36:4, 22–29. (2023).  DOI:10.1080/09332480.2023.2290950 and also here.

(b)   Bernard W. Silverman. Is it now time to formalise the processes for scientific advice in emergencies? Collateral Global.     

(c)     Ben Brewster, Grace Robinson, Bernard W. Silverman & Dave Walsh. Covid-19 and Child Criminal Exploitation in the UK: Implications of the Pandemic for County Lines. Trends in Organized Crime 26, 156–179.  
DOI: 10.1007/s12117-021-09442-x


(a)     Ben Brewster, Grace Robinson, Bernard W. Silverman & Dave Walsh. Child Criminal Exploitation and County Lines drug distribution: Understanding the impact of Covid-19.  Rights Lab, University of Nottingham. (2022:  Final report on ESRC Grant ES/V004921/1).

(b)     Bernard W. Silverman.  How can we measure prevalence and why does it matter?  IASC Research Priorities Briefing Paper, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, pp 27-30.

(c)     Emma Crates and Bernard W. Silverman. Linking to the Modern Slavery Statement Registry: An exploratory study of corporate behaviour.  Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.  


(a)     Lax Chan, Bernard W. Silverman & Kyle Vincent. Multiple Systems Estimation for Sparse Capture Data: Inferential Challenges when there are Non-Overlapping Lists. Journal of the Americal Statistical Association 116, 1297-1306. DOI: 10.1080/01621459.2019.1708748

(b)     Bernard W. Silverman, Modern Slavery and Other Topics: Science in Government. Transactions of the Manchester Statistical Society, to appear. (Edited transcript of a talk given on 10 December 2019.)  

(c)     Grace Robinson, Ben Brewster, Vicky Brotherton, Bernard W. Silverman & Dave Walsh. Covid-19, Vulnerability, and the Safeguarding of Criminally Exploited Children. Research briefing, Rights Lab, University of Nottingham. (2021).

(e)     Ben Brewster, Grace Robinson, Vicky Brotherton, Bernard W. Silverman & Dave Walsh. Policing County Lines: Impact of Covid-19. Research briefing, Rights Lab, University of Nottingham. (2021).

(f)     Adrian E. Raftery, Hana Ševčíková & Bernard W. Silverman. The vote package: Single transferable vote and other electoral systems in R. The R Journal. 13.2, 673-696. DOI:10.32614/RJ-2021-086 (2021)


(a)     Ben Brewster, Grace Robinson, Vicky Brotherton, Bernard W. Silverman & Dave Walsh. The impact of COVID-19 on child criminal exploitation. Research briefing, Rights Lab, University of Nottingham. (2020).

(b)     Bernard W. Silverman. Should SAGE have a working protocol?  Written evidence submission COV-0016 for House of Lords Science and Technology Committee Inquiry into the Science of COVID-19

(c)     Robin N. Thompson & about 40 others.  Key questions for modelling COVID-19 exit strategies.  Proc. R. Soc. B  287: 20201405. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2020.1405

(d)     Bernard W. Silverman. Understanding the nature of Modern Slavery in the UK. Blog post for National Statistical: News and Insight from the Office for National Statistics introducing the ONS release Modern slavery in the UK: March 2020.

(e)     Bernard W. Silverman. Multiple Systems Analysis for the quantification of Modern Slavery: Classical and Bayesian approaches. (with Discussion) J. Roy. Stat. Soc. Ser A183, 691-736.  DOI: 10.1111/rssa.12505

(f)     Kevin Bales, Laura T. Murphy & Bernard W. Silverman. How many trafficked people are there in Greater New Orleans? Lessons in Measurement. Journal of Human Trafficking  6, 375-387. DOI: 10.1080/23322705.2019.1634936


(a)     Todd Landman and Bernard W. Silverman. Globalization and Modern Slavery. Politics and Governance 7, 275-290. Available here.


(a)     Bernard W. Silverman. Demonstrating risks is not the same as estimating prevalence. Contribution to a Symposium on the Global Slavery Index, Delta 8.7 (United Nations University, Centre for Policy Research).

(b)     Kevin Bales, Bodean Hedwards & Bernard W. Silverman. Modern Slavery Research: the UK Picture. Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and University of Nottingham. Available at 76pp and interactive database.

(c)     Peter J. Diggle, Peter J. Green & Bernard W. Silverman. Julian Ernst Besag. 26 March 1945–6 August 2010. Biogr. Mems Fell. R. Soc. 64, 27­–50.

R packages

The year of publication in each case may refer to an earlier version than the one currently available.

Lax Chan, Bernard W. Silverman & Kyle Vincent. (2019). SparseMSE: Multiple systems estimation for sparse capture data.

Adrian Raftery, Hana Sevcikova & Bernard W. Silverman. (2018). Vote: Election Vote Counting.

Bernard W. Silverman.  (2018). The R package modslavmse for multiple systems analysis.

Bernard W. Silverman, Ludger Evers, Kan Xu, Peter Carbonetto and Matthew Stephens). (2017). EbayesThresh: Empirical Bayes Thresholding and Related Methods. R package, available from

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