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From The CriticsReviewer: Leon F Burmeister, PhD (University of Iowa College of Public Health)
Description: This book is designed for a one-semester course, primarily for students in public health and applied statistics. The third edition was published in 1999.
Purpose: The book clearly addresses a basic need in academic and applied research.
Audience: In addition to the students who would benefit from this book, professionals working in areas that require samples of human populations would also find the concepts and examples helpful.
Features: The book develops the basic sampling designs used in estimation of population characteristics. It is effective because of the many examples and exercises, the organization that collects and summarizes important formulas in several boxes in nearly all of the chapters, and the illustration of computer packages (SAS and STATA) throughout. Adding chapters on telephone surveys and sample weight construction would make the book much more useful. The suggested answers to odd-numbered exercises are expanded and will be very helpful to students and practitioners.
Assessment: Although the fourth edition improves several aspects, there are concerns. Few chapters have new exercises. More importantly, few new references have been added. For some very specialized techniques, such as network sampling, lack of references describing recent applications is a limitation in both the classroom and the field. In spite of these limitations, the book compares favorably to similar textbooks because of its inclusion of an adequate number of realistic exercises and its many illustrations of computer applications. Although the small number of new exercises and references is disappointing, the fourth edition does increase the utility of the book.