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Introduction

  • Seppo Laaksonen
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Abstract

This textbook is on quantitative survey methodology, and it is written in such a way that survey beginners will be able to follow most of it. Nevertheless, they are expected to have some background knowledge about statistics and related issues, and to be interested in learning more about survey methods and practices. What is covered in this book is extensive. It includes fields such as advanced weighting, editing, and imputation, that are not covered well in corresponding survey books (cf. Bethlehem, 2009; Biemer & Lyberg, 2003; De Leeuw, Hox, & Dillman, 2008; Gideon, 2012; Groves et al., 2009; Valliant, Dever, & Kreuter, 2013; Wolf, Joye, Smith, & Fu, 2016). These subjects, naturally, are covered in specialized books and articles—see Chaps.  8,  11, and  12. On the other hand, we do not give much consideration here to statistical tools and methods relating to limitations caused by confidentiality, which are important in practice. Comment: is it the purpose to write the same things two times as here? It is not necessary in my opinion.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seppo Laaksonen
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  1. 1.Social Research, StatisticsUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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