Lecture Notes in Statistics

Survey Research Designs: Towards a Better Understanding of Their Costs and Benefits

Prepared under the Auspices of the Working Group on the Comparative Evaluation of Longitudinal Surveys Social Science Research Council

Editors: Pearson, Robert W., Boruch, Robert F. (Eds.)

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ROBERT F. BORUCH AND ROBERT W. PEARSON During the 13th Century. a vigorous argument among Middle Eastern rabbis concerned how one ought to make a fair assessment of an olive crop value for tithing purposes. Should one consolidate the crop. systematically mix the olives. and then conscientiously draw a small random sample? Or. might one simply grab a handful of olives from the nearest basket and make an estimate of the crop's worth. The issue. of course. is one that research designers and research users confront often -- balancing the need for information against the resources that must be put into actually collecting the data -- in deciding how much effort is warranted to produce fair evidence. For the rabbis. who argued for twenty-five years over the matter. the issue can be resolved with a special rule. In this as in other cases. if the demand for information is biblical in origin -- if God is its source. then one ought to be considerably conscientious; a more scientific and more expensive endeavor is warranted. We may at times subscribe to this kind of rule of thumb in determining what quality of information is warranted under what conditions. But other rules and approaches are possible. And as medieval Jewish. Arabic. and Christian philosophy suggests. the alternatives need to be thought out and tested. Our interest is a bit more contemporary but has some spiritual kinship with early scholars' interest in empirical evidence.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Survey Research Designs: Towards a Better Understanding of Their Costs and Benefits
Book Subtitle
Prepared under the Auspices of the Working Group on the Comparative Evaluation of Longitudinal Surveys Social Science Research Council
Editors
  • Robert W. Pearson
  • Robert F. Boruch
Series Title
Lecture Notes in Statistics
Series Volume
38
Copyright
1986
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-1-4684-6336-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4684-6336-1
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-96428-7
Series ISSN
0930-0325
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 132
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