Inference from Complex Surveys



Inference from complex sample survey data covering the theoretical and empirical properties of various variance estimation strategies (e.g., Taylor series approximation, replicated methods, and bootstrap methods for complex sample designs). Incorporation of those methods into inference for complex sample survey data. Variance estimation procedures applied to descriptive estimators and to analysis of categorical data. Generalized variances and design effects presented. Methods of model-based inference for complex sample surveys examined, and results contrasted to the design-based type of inference used as the standard in the course. Real survey data illustrating the methods discussed. Students will learn the use of computer software that takes account of the sample design in estimation.