Chapter

Survey Errors

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/9780226891293.003.0015
Survey Errors

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This book has emphasized survey errors, but that should not be taken as a warning against conducting survey research. Instead, the explicit focus on sources of error should be seen as an advantage of the survey research literature. All research is susceptible to a variety of types of error, but rarely are the different sources of error diagnosed and dissected as completely as they have been in the survey field. It would be unrealistic to require a hermetically sealed error-free environment for the conduct of human research. What is necessary instead is an awareness of the potentials for error along with an understanding of how to minimize each source of error, as has been the focus of this book.

Keywords: survey errors; research; human research; survey field

Chapter.  2651 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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