Statisticians continue to promote contributions to society during the International Year of Statistics

Posted on: Friday, May 24, 2013

At AAPOR 2013, I had lunch with ASA Executive Director Ronald L. Wasserstein, a former statistics professor at Washburn University in Topeka, who after the conference told me about the International Year of Statistics. The American Statistical Association (ASA) and more than 1,992 organizations in 122 countries have been combining energies in 2013 to promote Statistics 2013, a worldwide initiative that highlights the contributions of the statistics field to finding solutions to global challenges. ..


The Transparency Initiative coordinating committee report

Posted on: Sunday, May 19, 2013

The TICC (Transparency Initiative Coordinating Committee) is addressing the issue that there is not enough transparency in the social, behavioral and marketing sciences. Openness is fundamental to scientific inquiry, so the transparency initiative's goal is to advance the science and reputation of survey research providing support to the study sponsors and survey researchers. ..


The AAPOR task force on non-probability sampling

Posted on: Sunday, May 19, 2013

Yesterday AAPOR released The AAPOR Task Force on Non-Probability Sampling, which was summarized in a session in Boston today at the annual conference. The committee was co-chaired by Reg Baker and J. Michael Brick, who both presented. ..


Pew Research discusses Google Consumer Surveys' fit for purpose

Posted on: Saturday, May 18, 2013

Scott Keeter of Pew Research Center discussed Pew's experiments with Google Consumer Surveys at the AAPOR annual conference in Boston today. While Pew Research remains committed to rigorous, probabily-based sampling for all major work, Scott took pains to point out, the organization wants to look at non-probability sampling for particular purposes. Working with Google was a partnership rather than a blind test because Pew wanted to understand the methodology "under the hood". ..


Sampling and Data Quality Issues in Internet Surveys

Posted on: Friday, May 17, 2013

Jenny Marlar of The Gallup Organization moderated this AAPOR Annual Conference session today on sampling and data quality concerns for online surveys. ..


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