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Date:         Wed, 9 Oct 2002 16:43:14 -0600
Reply-To:     Geoff Matthews <geoff.matthews@waterford.org>
Sender:       "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Geoff Matthews <geoff.matthews@waterford.org>
Subject:      Re: Sample vs Population
Comments: To: Alison Neustrom <alison@blueprintrd.com>
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That's a great response rate, and high enough that inferences made from it are very reliable.

At least according to Dillman and "The Total Design Method."

Geoff Matthews

-----Original Message----- From: Alison Neustrom [mailto:alison@blueprintrd.com] Sent: Wednesday, October 09, 2002 4:38 PM To: SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Subject: Re: Sample vs Population

What would you say if you had 80% of a non-random sample of a population (I sent them to everyone but only got back 80%)? Would you consider that a sample or a population?

-----Original Message----- From: SPSSX(r) Discussion [mailto:SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf Of Jelani Mandara Sent: Wednesday, October 09, 2002 11:50 AM To: SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Subject: Re: Sample vs Population

Fink, Steven wrote:

>Recently, I've been asked by several analysts about analyzing >populations, that is, data not from a sample. > >The purpose of a statistical test is to make estimates about the population. If my data set IS the population, are significant tests appropriate? > > > No. Descriptives and Effect Sizes are still relevant, but not inferential stats.

> > >What about if my response rate (survey/unit) is low, say 20%. For >example, I sent surveys to everyone in the population, but only received 20% of responses. Does this change your answer to the first question? > > > >

Then you only have a (probably nonrandom) sample of the population. The logic of inferential stats applies.

>Thanks > > > >Steve > > >

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