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Survey design and analysis. (English) Zbl 0584.62009

Ellis Horwood Series Mathematics and Its Applications. Chichester: Ellis Horwood Limited; New York etc.: Halsted Press: a division of John Wiley & Sons. 178 p. £28.50 (1986).
The author has prepared an introductory textbook for survey statisticians in the way of L. Kish’s famous book ”Survey sampling.” (1965; Zbl 0151.234). The reader can find both purely statistical parts and nonstatistical background here. All the explanations are extremely simple (proofs are completely omitted), but large lists of references enable to go deeper in any field of interest.
After a short introduction that summarizes the main concepts of censuses and surveys the author explains elements of sampling from finite populations. Non-random sampling methods are mentioned, too. In chapter 3 there is an overview of sources and ways of handling non-sampling errors of both types (non-response and response errors).
Chapter 4 deals with applications based on distributions of estimators - interval estimates and in short estimation of sample size and of sampling variance. Foundations of inference and tests of hypotheses are shortly discussed in three pages.
Chapter 5 is a non-statistical one. Here the author describes editing, coding, computer input and computer editing of data. Back to mathematical treatment he comes in chapter 6 dealing with contingency tables and their analysis. He explains even the concept of a contingency table, association and its measures and elements of log-linear models.
The last chapter of the book deals with multivariate analysis. More attention is paid to parametric methods (multiple regression, principal components, factor analysis) than to non-parametric ones (graphical techniques).
The book is very easy to read and does not need any deep knowledge on statistics and mathematics.
Reviewer: J.Herzmann

MSC:

62D05 Sampling theory, sample surveys
62-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to statistics

Citations:

Zbl 0151.234