Sampling : Design and Analysis

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Author(s): Sharon L. Lohr

This edition is a reprint of the second edition published by Cengage Learning, Inc. Reprinted with permission.

What is the unemployment rate? How many adults have high blood pressure? What is the total area of land planted with soybeans? Sampling: Design and Analysis tells you how to design and analyze surveys to answer these and other questions. This authoritative text, used as a standard reference by numerous survey organizations, teaches sampling using real data sets from social sciences, public opinion research, medicine, public health, economics, agriculture, ecology, and other fields.

The book is accessible to students from a wide range of statistical backgrounds. By appropriate choice of sections, it can be used for a graduate class for statistics students or for a class with students from business, sociology, psychology, or biology. Readers should be familiar with concepts from an introductory statistics class including linear regression; optional sections contain the statistical theory, for readers who have studied mathematical statistics.

Distinctive features include:

  • More than 450 exercises. In each chapter, Introductory Exercises develop skills, Working with Data Exercises give practice with data from surveys, Working with Theory Exercises allow students to investigate statistical properties of estimators, and Projects and Activities Exercises integrate concepts. A solutions manual is available.
  • An emphasis on survey design.
  • Coverage of simple random, stratified, and cluster sampling; ratio estimation; constructing survey weights; jackknife and bootstrap; nonresponse; chi-squared tests and regression analysis.
  • Graphing data from surveys.
  • Computer code using SAS® software.
  • Online supplements containing data sets, computer programs, and additional material.

Sharon Lohr, the author of Measuring Crime: Behind the Statistics, has published widely about survey sampling and statistical methods for education, public policy, law, and crime. She has been recognized as Fellow of the American Statistical Association, elected member of the International Statistical Institute, and recipient of the Gertrude M. Cox Statistics Award and the Deming Lecturer Award. Formerly Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Statistics at Arizona State University and a Vice President at Westat, she is now a freelance statistical consultant and writer. Visit her website at


"Lohr provides a vast amount of verbal explanation to guide the nonmathematical reader, yet she provides derivations of many results and a 24-page list of references. Citations are well integrated into the reading…The new edition has added a number of topics that are timely relative to current work in survey methodology. These include such topics as Internet surveys and resampling techniques…One of the distinguishing characteristics of this book is the integration of model-based sampling as well as the traditional methods dating from the 1940s. The exposition is very well written and should be accessible to a wide audience. (this is an excellent text. The exposition is extraordinarily fine and the coverage broad and up-to-date." ~Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics

"This is a textbook for a graduate course in survey sampling as well as for those in applied fields…Lohr, in each chapter, introduces the basic concept to be covered, gives il and presents many exercises for students to work out. Her examples are not toy ones, most come from actual (often complex) surveys, and the exercises both advance the learning of new concepts and enable the methodology just learned…This new and expanded second edition provides a wonderful introduction to sample survey methodology. In a clear fashion Lohr introduces basic concepts, while simultaneously covering a wide variety of topics." ~Journal of the American Statistical Association

EAN: 9781000022087