Handbook of Statistics_29A - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444531247, 9780080932217

Handbook of Statistics_29A, Volume 29

1st Edition

Sample Surveys: Design, Methods and Applications

Series Volume Editors: Danny Pfeffermann C.R. Rao
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444531247
eBook ISBN: 9780080932217
Imprint: North Holland
Published Date: 2nd September 2009
Page Count: 722
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Table of Contents

Part 1. Sampling and Survey Design

Introduction to Part 1

Ch. 1. Introduction to Survey Sampling

Ch. 2. Sampling with Unequal Probabilities

Ch. 3. Two-Phase Sampling

Ch. 4. Multiple-Frame Surveys

Ch. 5. Designs for Surveys over Time

Ch. 6. Sampling of Rare Populations

Ch. 7. Design, Conduct, and Analysis of Random-Digit Dialing Surveys

Part 2. Survey Processing

Introduction to Part 2

Ch. 8. Nonresponse andWeighting

Ch. 9. Statistical Data Editing

Ch. 10. Imputation and Inference in the Presence of Missing Data

Ch. 11. Dealing with Outliers in Survey Data

Ch. 12. Measurement Errors in Sample Surveys

Ch. 13. Computer Software for Sample Surveys

Ch. 14. Record Linkage

Ch. 15. Statistical Disclosure Control for Survey Data

Part 3. Survey Applications

Introduction to Part 3

Ch. 16. Sampling and Estimation in Household Surveys

Ch. 17. Sampling and Estimation in Business Surveys

Ch. 18. Sampling, Data Collection, and Estimation in Agricultural Surveys

Ch. 19. Sampling and Inference in Environmental Surveys

Ch. 20. Survey Sampling Methods in Marketing Research: A Review of Telephone,

Mall Intercept, Panel, andWeb Surveys

Ch. 21. Sample Surveys and Censuses

Ch. 22. Opinion and Election Polls

Volume 29B: Inference and Analysis

Part 4. Alternative Approaches to Inference from

Introduction to Part 4

Ch. 23. Model-Based Prediction of Finite Population Totals

Ch. 24. Design- and Model-Based Inference for Model Parameters

Ch. 25. CalibrationWeighting: Combining Probability Samples and Linear Prediction Models

Ch. 26. Estimating Functions and Survey Sampling

Ch. 27. Nonparametric and Semiparametric Estimation in Complex Surveys

Ch. 28. Resampling Methods in Surveys

Ch. 29. Bayesian Developments in Survey Sampling

Ch. 30. Empirical Likelihood Methods

Part 5. Special Estimation and Inference Problems

Ch. 31. Design-based Methods of Estimation for Domains and Small Areas

Ch. 32. Model-Based Approach to Small Area Estimation

Ch. 33. Design and Analysis of Surveys Repeated over Time

Ch. 34. The Analysis of Longitudinal Surveys

Ch. 35. Categorical Data Analysis for Simple and Complex Surveys

Ch. 36. Inference on Distribution Functions and Quantiles

Ch. 37. Scatterplots with Survey Data

Part 6. Informative Sampling and Theoretical Aspects

Ch. 38. Population-Based Case-Control Studies

Ch. 39. Inference under Informative Sampling

Ch. 40. Asymptotics in Finite Population Sampling

Ch. 41. Some Decision-Theoretic Aspects of Finite Population Sampling


This new handbook contains the most comprehensive account of sample surveys theory and practice to date. It is a second volume on sample surveys, with the goal of updating and extending the sampling volume published as volume 6 of the Handbook of Statistics in 1988. The present handbook is divided into two volumes (29A and 29B), with a total of 41 chapters, covering current developments in almost every aspect of sample surveys, with references to important contributions and available software. It can serve as a self contained guide to researchers and practitioners, with appropriate balance between theory and real life applications.

Each of the two volumes is divided into three parts, with each part preceded by an introduction, summarizing the main developments in the areas covered in that part. Volume 29A deals with methods of sample selection and data processing, with the later including editing and imputation, handling of outliers and measurement errors, and methods of disclosure control. The volume contains also a large variety of applications in specialized areas such as household and business surveys, marketing research, opinion polls and censuses. Volume 29B is concerned with inference, distinguishing between design-based and model-based methods and focusing on specific problems such as small area estimation, analysis of longitudinal data, categorical data analysis and inference on distribution functions. The volume contains also chapters dealing with case-control studies, asymptotic properties of estimators and decision theoretic aspects.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive account of recent developments in sample survey theory and practice
  • Discusses a wide variety of diverse applications
  • Comprehensive bibliography


Researchers and practitioners in sample surveys, Sampling and survey design, Survey processing, Survey applications, Inference from survey data, Informative sampling and theoretical aspects.


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About the Series Volume Editors

Danny Pfeffermann Series Volume Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Statistics, Hebrew University, Israel

C.R. Rao Series Volume Editor

C. R. Rao, born in India, is one of this century's foremost statisticians, and received his education in statistics at the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Calcutta. He is Emeritus Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Statistics at Penn State and Director of the Center for Multivariate Analysis. He has long been recognized as one of the world's top statisticians, and has been awarded 34 honorary doctorates from universities in 19 countries spanning 6 continents. His research has influenced not only statistics, but also the physical, social and natural sciences and engineering. In 2011 he was recipient of the Royal Statistical Society's Guy Medal in Gold which is awarded triennially to those "who are judged to have merited a signal mark of distinction by reason of their innovative contributions to the theory or application of statistics". It can be awarded both to fellows (members) of the Society and to non-fellows. Since its inception 120 years ago the Gold Medal has been awarded to 34 distinguished statisticians. The first medal was awarded to Charles Booth in 1892. Only two statisticians, H. Cramer (Norwegian) and J. Neyman (Polish), outside Great Britain were awarded the Gold medal and C. R. Rao is the first non-European and non-American to receive the award. Other awards he has received are the Gold Medal of Calcutta University, Wilks Medal of the American Statistical Association, Wilks Army Medal, Guy Medal in Silver of the Royal Statistical Society (UK), Megnadh Saha Medal and Srinivasa Ramanujan Medal of the Indian National Science Academy, J.C.Bose Gold Medal of Bose Institute and Mahalanobis Centenary Gold Medal of the Indian Science Congress, the Bhatnagar award of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India and the Government of India honored him with the second highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan, for “outstanding contributions to Science and Engineering / Statistics”, and also instituted a cash award in honor of C R Rao, “to be given once in two years to a young statistician for work done during the preceding 3 years in any field of statistics”. For his outstanding achievements Rao has been honored with the establishment of an institute named after him, C.R.Rao Advanced Institute for Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, in the campus of the University of Hyderabad, India.

Affiliations and Expertise

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA