Statistical surveys represent an important source of scientific knowledge and a valid decision support tool in many fields, from social studies to economics, market research, health studies, and others. Scientists have tackled most of the methodological issues concerning surveys and the scientific literature offers excellent proposals for planning and conducting surveys. Nevertheless, surveys often require the achievement of aims that either deviate from the methodology or do not have a specific solution at all. This book focuses on survey theory and applications, providing insight and innovative solutions to face problems in data collection and integration, complex sample design, opinion questionnaire design, and statistical estimation. Formal rigour and simple language, together with real-life examples, will make the book suitable to both practitioners involved in applied research and to academics interested in scientific developments in the survey field.
|Publication date:||23rd October 2012|
|Publisher:||Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K an imprint of Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG|
|Categories:||Research methods: general, Social research & statistics,|
Cristina Davino is an associate professor of Statistics at the University of Macerata, Italy, and a member of the Doctoral Committee for the Ph.D. in Statistics at the University of Naples Federico II. Her research fields include: multidimensional data analysis, data mining (neural networks, association rules), quantile regression, statistical surveys, sensitivity analysis of composite indicators, evaluation of quality of life, and evaluation of educational planning. Luigi Fabbris is a full professor in Social Statistics at the Statistics Department, the University of Padua, Italy, where he lectures in Survey Methodology and Social Statistics. His research fields are multivariate analysis, survey ...More About Cristina Davino