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Chapter 5 Section 3 Part 1

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Often when we hear of a sample we do not know the truth behind the sampling process. The whole truth about opinion polls An opinion poll is administered to 1000 people chosen at random, announces its results, and announces a margin of error. Should we be happy? Perhaps not. Many polls don’t tell the whole truth about their samples. The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press Imitate the methods of the better opinion polls and did tell the whole truth….Here it is…. Sample Surveys in the Real World

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Most polls are taken by telephone, dialing numbers at random to get a random sample of households. After eliminating fax and business numbers, Pew had to call 2879 residential numbers to get their sample of 1000 people. Here’s the breakdown. Never answered the phone938 Answered but refused 678 Not elligbile: no person aged at least 18, or language barrier221 Incomplete Interview42 Complete Interview1000 Total called2879 Continued

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Out of the 2879 good residential phone numbers, 33% never answered. Of those who answered, 35% refused to talk. The overall rate of nonresponse (people who never answered, refused, or would not complete the interview) was 1658 out of 2879 or 58%. Pew called every number five times over a five day period, at different times of the day and on different days of the week. Many pols call only once, and it is usual to find that over half those that answer refuse to talk. In the real world, a simple random sample isn’t simple and may not be random. That is our biggest issue in this section Continued

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Sampling Errors are errors caused by the act of taking a sample. They cause sample results to be different from the results of a census. Random Sampling Error is the deviation between the sample statistic and the population parameter caused by chance in selecting a random sample. The margin of error in a confidence interval includes only random sampling error. Non-sampling errors are not related to the act of selecting samples from the population. They can be present even in a census. Errors in Sampling

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Random Sampling Errors – margin of errors tells us how serious it is and we can control it by choosing the size of our random sample Bad Sampling Methods – voluntary response and convenience sampling Undercoverage – occurs when some groups in the population are left out of the process of choosing the sample. Sampling Frame – a list of individuals from which the sample is drawn. If the sampling frame leave out a certain class of people, even random samples from that frame will be biased. Sampling Errors

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1._____________________________________ 2._____________________________________ 3._____________________________________ 4._____________________________________ Examples of Undercoverage

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1._____________________________________ 2._____________________________________ 3._____________________________________ 4._____________________________________ Biased Sampling Frame

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Processing Errors – mechanical errors, such as arithmetic mistakes, entering incorrect responses. Computer-assisted interviewing has made processing errors less common. Response Error – When someone gives and incorrect response Nonresponse error – failure to obtain data from an individual Non- Sampling Errors

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Response Errors 1.__________________________________________ 2.__________________________________________ 3.__________________________________________ Non-Response Errors 1.__________________________________________ 2.__________________________________________ 3.__________________________________________ What are some examples of a response error and nonresponse errors?

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The announced margin of error for a sample covers only random sampling error. Undercoverage, nonresponse, and other practical difficulties can cause large bias that is not covered by the margin of error. What the margin of error doesn’t say?

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