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Survey Error

in The Total Survey Error Approach

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780226891279
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226891293 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226891293.003.0002
Survey Error

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This chapter introduces the total survey error approach by summarizing the different sources of error and by explaining the statistical implications of error. Additionally, this chapter extends previous statements of the total survey error approach by generalizing the notion of survey constraints to include time and ethics considerations and by recognizing the limitations imposed by survey-related effects. The total survey error approach is named because error can occur at every stage of a survey. It reminds us of the importance of identifying, discussing, measuring, and seeking ways to minimize all the factors that lead to errors in surveys. It emphasizes the need to balance error minimization against survey costs, time, and ethical considerations. Additionally, it recognizes that there are a number of survey-related effects that will always affect survey results.

Keywords: total survey error approach; statistical implications; survey cost

Chapter.  4883 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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