Practical Tools for Designing and Weighting Survey Samples
- Presents an array of tools at the fingertips of practitioners by explaining approaches long used by survey statisticians
- Illustrates how existing software can be used to solve survey problems
- Develops specialized software for students, survey statisticians, and social scientists
Survey sampling is fundamentally an applied field. The goal in this book is to put an array of tools at the fingertips of practitioners by explaining approaches long used by survey statisticians, illustrating how existing software can be used to solve survey problems, and developing some specialized software where needed. This book serves at least three audiences: (1) Students seeking a more in-depth understanding of applied sampling either through a second semester-long course or by way of a supplementary reference; (2) Survey statisticians searching for practical guidance on how to apply concepts learned in theoretical or applied sampling courses; and (3) Social scientists and other survey practitioners who desire insight into the statistical thinking and steps taken to design, select, and weight random survey samples.