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Research project: Sample Survey Theory and Methods

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We are interested in the analysis of sample data collected via complex sampling methods. In particular, problems associated with the application of likelihood and related ideas are being actively researched as well as more robust nonparametric methods.

Key concerns here are the impact on inference of informative methods of sampling and approaches to inference in cases where limited information on the method of sampling is available.

Research is currently underway on efficient as well as robust methods for sample weighting in surveys where complex designs are used.

The impact of measurement error and non-response on analyses of survey data is an important problem in many physical and social science applications. Research is currently underway in the Division on methods of allowing for these sources of error in inference. We are also carrying out EU-funded research on variance estimation for sample surveys.

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