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This volume deals primarily with the classical question of how to draw conclusions about the population mean of a variable, given a sample with observations on that variable. Another classical question is how to use prior knowledge of an economic or definitional relationship between the popu lation means of several variables, provided that the variables are observed in a sample. The present volume is a compilation of two discussion papers and some additional notes on these two basic questions. The discussion papers and notes were prepared for a 15hour course at Statistics Nether lands in Voorburg in February 2000. The first discussion paper is entitled "A Memoir on Sampling and Rho, the Generalized Intrasample Correlation Coefficient" (1999). It describes a new approach to the problem of unequal probability sampling. The second discussion paper "The General Restric tion Estimator" (2000), deals with the problem of how to find constrained estimators that obey a given set of restrictions imposed on the parameters to be estimated. Parts I and II of the volume provide a novel and systematic treatment of sampling theory considered from the angle of the sampling autocorrelation coefficient p (rho). The same concept plays an important role in the analysis of time series. Although this concept is also well known in sampling theory, for instance in cluster sampling and systematic sampling, generalizations of p for an arbitrary sampling design are to my knowledge not readily found in the literature.
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"Sample Survey Theory: Some Pythagorean Perspectives extends the concept of the sampling autocorrelation coefficient p and leverages its links to Pythagorean sumofsquares relationships between estimators of survey variables in vector spaces. The goal is a compact, highly generalizable strategy for deriving useful estimates for the mean of a population. The approach will appeal to Technometrics readers who must estimate key quality parameters via statistically based sampling and testing of products and processes…The book would be a fine addition to the bookshelf of any Techometrics reader using sample survey techniques." Technometrics, May 2004
"Parts I and II of this book on sample survey theory present a novel approach to expressing the wellknown HorvitzThompson estimator of a finite population total, its variance and corresponding variance estimators. Part III uses ideas from the econometrics literature to provide efficient estimators using information contained in linear or nonlinear restrictions on the parameters." Short Book Reviews of the International Statistical Institute, April 2004
"This book has a special place among the numerous sample survey books for at least two reasons: sample survey theory is presented along the lines of classical statistics, and a general class of restriction estimators is developed...The book's approach is perfectly suited for teaching basic finite population inference in a general statistics course...Researchers and survey methodologists in statistical agencies could also benefit from this book." JASA, March 2005
"This volume is a result of two discussion papers of Statistics Netherlands, the first one entitled ‘A Memoir on Sampling and Rho, the Generalized Intrasample Correlation Coefficient’ (1999) and the other ‘The General Restriction Estimator’ (2000). … Researchers will find the new treatment interesting and teachers who love to teach using geometrical interpretation would find it handy." (T. J. Rao, Sankhya, Vol. 66 (1), 2004)
"The book, and in particular Part III of it, addresses many separate topics along with extensive notations … . Let me conclude with the definite impression that the book gives a broad account on the theory of survey sampling, and … that it includes some novel and interesting ideas worth to be studied in greater detail … ." (Norbert Gaffke, Metrika, September, 2004)
"This book deals primarily with the classical question of how to draw conclusions about the population mean of a variable … . A large part of the book provides a novel and systematic treatment of sampling theory … . The book can be used as a textbook for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students in statistics, mathematics, and economics. … The book is very well written. The crossreferences are excellent … . it is to be strongly recommended … ." (Jon Stene, Mathematical Reviews, 2004 g)
"This book gives an introduction to sampling theory. … As the subtitle announces, it is a special feature of this book that the author explains the statistical quantities in terms of the geometry of Euclidean spaces as Hilbert spaces. … The book is wellwritten and recommendable both for graduated students and researchers." (Klaus Th. Hess, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1015, 2003)
 Table of contents (13 chapters)


Introduction and Outline of the Book
Pages 16

Elementary Statistics
Pages 755

Alternative Approach to Unequal Probability Sampling
Pages 5976

A General Rho Theory on Survey Sampling
Pages 77103

Variance Estimation for Some Standard Designs
Pages 105145

Table of contents (13 chapters)
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Bibliographic Information
 Bibliographic Information

 Book Title
 Sample Survey Theory
 Book Subtitle
 Some Pythagorean Perspectives
 Authors

 Paul Knottnerus
 Series Title
 Springer Series in Statistics
 Copyright
 2003
 Publisher
 SpringerVerlag New York
 Copyright Holder
 Springer Science+Business Media New York
 eBook ISBN
 9780387217642
 DOI
 10.1007/9780387217642
 Hardcover ISBN
 9780387954073
 Softcover ISBN
 9781441929884
 Series ISSN
 01727397
 Edition Number
 1
 Number of Pages
 XX, 420
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