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Survey sampling. (English) Zbl 1430.62001
Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press (ISBN 978-1-4987-7474-1/hbk; 978-1-315-15468-8/ebook). xxii, 218 p. (2019).
Chapter 1 (29 pp.) describes certain essential preliminaries leading to further essentials for unstratified uni-stage cases in Chapter 2 (11 pp.). In Chapter 3 (36 pp.) design based approach of inference is repeated for continuity with the new addition being a couple of pages on panel sampling. Noticing that the design based approach depends on the strength of the probability distribution of the sample and “sufficiently strong inference leading to practical applicabilities is not feasible”, certain assumptions regarding mutual relationships among the values of the study variable and the auxiliary variables in the form of a superpopulation modeling is introduced in Chapter 4 (37 pp.).
The heading of Chapter 5 (22 pp.) is “Indirect questioning in sensitive surveys”, almost the same as the title of the book with T. C. Christofides [Indirect questioning in sample surveys. Berlin: Springer (2013; Zbl 1306.62024)]. Further, the Handbook of statistics, Volume 34 edited by the present author et al. [Data gathering, analysis and protection of privacy through randomized response techniques: qualitative and quantitative human traits. Amsterdam: Elsevier/North Holland (2016; Zbl 1349.62001)] contains an “enormous body of recent and past research materials on this topic”. In the preface, the author says: “In the present text I cannot ignore what my colleagues and I endeavored to explain therein, at least in brief”. Taking cue from S. Singh and I. S. Grewal [Int. J. Contemp. Math. Sci. 8, No. 5–8, 243–248 (2013; Zbl 1306.62049)] who introduced inverse binomial instead of classical Binomial in generating randomized response, the author presents extensions of the Singh-Grewal method based on his work with colleagues. A brief 9 page Chapter 6 on adaptive and network sampling follows.
In Chapter 7 (7 pp.), “Sampling from inadequate frames” which the author jointly presented in an earlier work is elucidated and elaborated while it is opined that the topic “Sampling from multiple frames” is not yet covered in a pleasant way and hence just one paragraph was found to be adequate. Two pages are devoted to Chapter 8 titled “Analytic studies”. Chapter 9 (11 pp.) covers a few case studies. Lessons and exercise are presented in Chapter 10 (25 pp.) while a three and half page content titled “Reviews” is the pen ultimate Chapter 11.
The final Chapter 12 , “An appraisal” is an epilogue of four pages. The text ends with 17 pages of references and an 8 page index. In the preface, the author believes that “he has still more to convey” and it seems that he is justified as seen from the References, a quarter of which are by him and his coauthors. Soon after the preface, there is a 4 page section titled “My plea for this composition and my target readership”. The first one and half pages seem to be a reply to the “scathing criticisms” of the referees which perhaps need not be included here and the section could have started right away by “shedding some light on a few salient features” in this text.
The two page introduction describes certain situations one “encounters in practice” and gives a feeling to the reader that the text is about applications of known or innovative sampling techniques but in the “narration in formal detail in the pages to follow” the reader may find it more theoretical.
MSC:
62-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to statistics
62D05 Sampling theory, sample surveys
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