Survey Methodology is becoming a more structured field of research, deserving of more and more academic attention. The SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology explores both the increasingly scientific endeavour of surveys and their growing complexity, as different data collection modes and information sources are combined. The handbook takes a global approach, with a team of international experts looking at local and national specificities, as well as problems of cross-national, comparative survey research. The chapters are organized into seven major sections, each of which represents a stage in the survey life-cycle: Surveys and Societies Planning a Survey Measurement Sampling Data Collection Preparing Data for Use Assessing and Improving Data Quality The SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology is a landmark and essential tool for any scholar within the social sciences.

Total Survey Error Paradigm: Theory and Practice

Paul P. Biemer


Total survey error (TSE) refers to the accumulation of all errors that may arise in the design, collection, processing, and analysis of survey data. In this context, a survey error can be defined as any error arising from the survey process that contributes to the deviation of an estimate from its true parameter value. Survey errors may arise from frame deficiencies, sampling, the questionnaire design, translation errors, missing data, editing, and many other sources. Survey error will diminish the accuracy of inferences derived from the survey. A survey estimator will be more accurate when the sum of the squared bias and the variance (i.e., its mean squared error) is ...

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