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Finite Population Sampling and Inference: A Prediction Approach

ISBN: 978-0-471-29341-5
536 pages
September 2000
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Complete coverage of the prediction approach to survey sampling in a single resource

Prediction theory has been extremely influential in survey sampling for nearly three decades, yet research findings on this model-based approach are scattered in disparate areas of the statistical literature. Finite Population Sampling and Inference: A Prediction Approach presents for the first time a unified treatment of sample design and estimation for finite populations from a prediction point of view, providing readers with access to a wealth of theoretical results, including many new results and, a variety of practical applications. Geared to theoretical statisticians and practitioners alike, the book discusses all topics from the ground up and clearly explains the relation of the prediction approach to the traditional design-based randomization approach. Key features include:
* Special emphasis on linking survey sampling to mainstream statistics through extensive use of general linear models
* A liberal use of simulation studies, numerical examples, and exercises illustrating theoretical results
* Numerous statistical graphics showing simulation results and properties of estimates
* A library of S-Plus computer functions plus six real populations, available via ftp
* Over 260 references to finite population sampling, linear models, and other relevant literature
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Table of Contents

Introduction to Prediction Theory.

Prediction Theory Under the General Linear Model.

Bias-Robustness.

Robustness and Efficiency.

Variance Estimation.

Stratified Populations.

Models with Qualitative Auxiliaries.

Clustered Populations.

Robust Variance Estimation in Two-Stage Cluster Sampling.

Alternative Variance Estimation Methods.

Special Topics and Open Questions.

Appendices.

Bibliography.

Answers to Select Exercises.

Indexes.
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Author Information

RICHARD VALLIANT, PhD, is Associate Director at Westat, Rockville, Maryland.
ALAN H. DORFMAN, PhD, is Senior Mathematical Statistician for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, D.C.
RICHARD M. ROYALL, PhD, is Professor of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.
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Reviews

"Valliant...is joined...to dispel the perception of dichotomy between mainstream statistics...and survey sampling..." (SciTech Book News, Vol. 24, No. 4, December 2000)

"The vast majority of the book is devoted to prediction of a population mean or total, and as such it forms a cohesive and comprehensive treatment of the subject." (Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2001j)

"A highly recommended book which is an essential read for all research workers in this area." (Short Book Reviews - Publication of the Int. Statistical Institute, December 2001)

"This book is a welcome addition to the subject of survey sampling." (Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 964, 2001/14)
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