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This title addresses those basic aspects of research design which are common to many related fields in the social sciences, health sciences, education, and market research. The work presents a unified approach to a common core of problems of statistical design that exists in all these fields, along with basic similarities in practical solutions. Describing many examples and analogies that are 'portable' from application field to application field, Statistical Design for Research deals with designs that are the primary basis of research studies, but are neglected in most statistical textbooks that tend to concentrate on statistical analysis. This text takes a broader, more general and philosophical view of the statistics for the more fundamental aspects of design than do the standard treatments of experimental design. Extensively illustrated and carefully organized into seven chapters and 44 sections, this book can be readily consulted by research workers or graduate students!
Chapter and Section Contents.
Tables and Figures.
1. Representation, Randomization, and Realism.
1.1 Three Criteria.
1.2 Four Classes of Variables.
1.3 Surveys, Experiments, and Controlled Investigations.
1.4 Randomization of Subjects Over Treatments and Over Populations.
1.5 Statistical Tests.
1.6 An Ordered List of Research Designs.
1.7 Representation and Probability Sampling.
1.8 Model-Dependent Inference.
2. Analytical Use of Sample Surveys.
2.1 Populations of Elements and Sampling Units.
2.2 Inferences from Complex Samples.
2.3 Domains and Subclasses: Classifications.
2.4 Overview of Subclass Effects.
2.5 Proportionate Stratified Element Sampling (PRES).
2.6 Cluster Sampling.
2.7 Four Obstacles to Representation in Analytic Studies.
3. Designs for Comparisons.
3.1 Substitutes for Probability Sampling.
3.2 Basic Modules for Comparisons.
3.3 Four Modules: Costs, Variances, Bias Sources.
3.4 Five Basic Designs for Comparisons.
3.5 Classification for 22 Sources of Bias.
3.6 Time Curves of Responses.
3.7 Evaluation Research.
4. Controls for Disturbing Variables.
4.1 Control Strategies.
4.2 Analysis in Separate Subclasses.
4.3 Selecting Matched Units.
4.4 Matched Subclasses.
4.5 Standardization: Adjustment by Weighting Indexes.
4.6 Covariances and Residuals from Linear Regressions; Categorical Data Analyses.
4.7 Ratio Estimates.
5. Samples and Censuses.
5.1 Censuses and Researchers.
5.2 Samples Compared to Censuses.
5.3 Samples Attached to Censuses.
6. Sample Designs Over Time.
6.1 Technology and Concepts.
6.2 Purposes and Designs for Periodic Samples.
6.3 Changing and Mobile Populations.
6.4 Panel Effects.
6.5 Split-Panel Designs.
6.6 Cumulating Cases and Combining Statistics from Samples.
7. Several Distinct Problems of Design.
7.1 Analytical Statistics from Complex Samples.
7.2 Generalizations Beyond the Modules of 3.3.
7.3 Multipurpose Designs.
7.4 Weighted Means: Selection, Bias, Variance.
7.5 Observational Units of Variable Sizes.
7.6 On Falsifiability in Statistical Design.