Chapter

Coverage 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/9780226891293.003.0009
Coverage Error

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This chapter will cover several relatively obscure types of survey error that are associated with the sampling frame, the actual set of units from which the sample will be taken. Frame error is the error that can arise when the elements in the sampling frame do not correspond correctly to the target population to which the researcher wants to make inferences. The most important frame error is coverage error, the mathematical difference between a statistic calculated for the population studied and the same statistic calculated for the target population. Sampling frames and coverage error are explained in detail in the chapter. The chapter also deals with a frame error problem of ineligibles that arises when some elements in the sampling frame are not part of the target population.

Keywords: coverage error; sampling frame; ineligibles; target populations

Chapter.  8017 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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