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Applied Sampling by Seymour Sudman

By Seymour Sudman

Though many researchers operating with survey examine equipment are acutely aware that robust sampling concepts can be found, it seems that they keep away from them simply because they suspect those thoughts are too tough or too high priced to take advantage of. as a substitute, careless advert hoc approaches are frequently applied, from time to time with disastrous effects. utilized SAMPLING represents an important departure from the numerous reliable books on sampling which think refined statistical wisdom or wide assets. the amount, which abounds in sensible examples of the type that researchers most often stumble upon of their paintings, is meant for the very huge majority of survey clients who've merely constrained statistical backgrounds and assets yet who desire to maximize the usefulness of the information they receive. the writer rigorously outlines a extensive array of fairly easy methods which are less dear than, and fairly akin to, the main special tools now in present use.

APPLIED SAMPLING might be a useful functional asset to all clients of survey examine tools - sociologists, marketplace researchers, academic researchers, software evaluators, and scholars of those topics.

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11. S. Public Health Service to determine the current smoking habits of physicians after information had been released on the relation between smoking and lung cancer. Face-to-face interviews were consid­ ered impractical because of doctors’ schedules. Instead, the intitial contact was made with a mail questionnaire followed by two additional mailings to doctors who did not cooperate. This resulted in about slightly fewer than half of the doctors returning a questionnaire. ) A subsample of 40% of the noncooperators was selected for long-distance telephone interviewing.

A total of 168 housewives were selected from six projects, with the cooperation rates ranging from 75% to 89%. The findings supported the contact hypothesis for lower-income white housewives, in contrast to some earlier studies, but failed to support the contact hypothesis for black women. Credibility Score. 71. Generalizability 4. Although the study was conducted in only a single city, it was conducted at six different sites which are compared. In addition, there was a careful effort to use questions and scales that had been used in earlier studies, and to compare the results.

A possible procedure for increasing the sample size of this group would have been to use some sort of screening questionnaire with a larger initial population and then to take all those with “upward career an­ chorages” and a subsample of the remainder. While this general procedure is usually very efficient, it might have been impossible to do any screening for this study. 9 ''Race, Class, and Consciousness" (36) This study relates race, class, size of birthplace, and age to class consciousness, race consciousness, and interest in politics.

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