Leslie Kish: Selected Papers / Edition 1

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Leslie Kish formulated, among other things, the "margin of error," an assessment of the accuracy of opinion polls. He was elected president of the American Statistical Association; and was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and the Royal Statistical Society of England.  A co-founder of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan and of the International Association of Survey Statisticians, Kish was at once a remarkable teacher, thinker, and leader in the field of survey statistics. This volume collects, for the first time, Kish's most important papers.

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“…bringing together a lifetime of research and practice, this volume is both a fitting tribute…and a highly useful…compilation of insight into the art and science of survey statistics…” (Zentralbaltt MATH, June 2005)

“...collects, for the first time, the most important and influential papers by Leslie Kish...the editors have been immensely successful in bringing out this volume which will find a place on the bookshelf of every serious reader in the field.” (Mathematical Reviews, 2004c)

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Meet the Author

LESLIE KISH was a professor emeritus and senior research scientist emeritus of the Institute of Social Research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

GRAHAM KALTON is a Senior Vice President at Westat, a survey research organization outside Washington, DC.

STEVEN HEERINGA is the Director of the Statistical Design Unit in the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Table of Contents

Foreword—Dr. Xavier Charoy, President IASS.

Preface—Rhea Kish.


The Hundred Years' Wars of Survey Sampling (1995).

Some Statistical Problems in Research Design (1959).


A Procedure for Objective Respondent Selection Within the Household (1949).

Controlled Selection—A Technique in Probability Sampling (1950).

Sampling Organizations and Groups of Unequal Sizes (1965).

Retaining Units After Changing Strata and Probabilities (1971).

Multivariate and Multipurpose Stratification (1978).


Inference From Complex Samples (1974).

Methods for Design Effects (1995).

Weighting for Unequal Pi (1992).


Response Errors in Estimating the Value of Homes (1954).

Studies of Interviewer Variance for Attitudinal Variables (1962).


Multipurpose Sample Designs.

Postcensal Estimates for Local Areas (or Domains) (1980).

Cum ulating/Combining Population Surveys (1999).


Chance, Statistics and Statisticians (1978).

Developing Samplers for Developing Countries (1996).



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