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Survey Statistics

In the field of survey statistics, we investigate different aspects of the quality of surveys. Sample design, in particular sample size and sample composition, have a direct impact on the representativeness of survey results. Unit nonresponse and item nonresponse pose further challenges to data quality. The research activities in the field of survey statistics therefore focus on problems and solutions associated with random sampling. These are also investigated in several third-party funded projects.

Research topics are in particular:

  • Drawing procedures for complex sample designs
  • Nonresponse (bias) analysis
  • Weighting procedures for survey designs
  • Imputation of missing values
  • Variance estimation under complex sample designs and imputation of missing values
  • Application of machine learning methods in survey statistics

Learn more about our consulting and services:

  • Nonresponse-Bias-Analysis

    We provide you with targeted support for non-response bias analysis as part of your research project

  • ONBound

    A tool for cumulation and harmonization of data on national identities and religion

  • Question Link

    A tool for harmonizing German measurement instruments of popular survey programs

  • Sampling

    Order telephone samples or complex samples for your research project

  • Survey Statistics: Samples

    Consulting on sample design and non-probability samples

  • Felderer, Barbara, Ludwig Bothmann, Lydia Repke, Jonas Schweisthal, and Wiebke Weber. 2023. "Predicting survey quality in SQP 3.0." European Survey Research Association (ESRA) 2023 Conference, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Milano, 2023-07-17.
  • Bruch, Christian, and Barbara Felderer. 2022. "Prior Choice for the Variance Parameter in the Multilevel and Poststratification Approach for Highly Selective Data: A Monte Carlo Simulation Study." Austrian Journal of Statistics 51 (4): 76-95. doi:
  • Bruch, Christian, and Barbara Felderer. 2023. "Applying Multilevel Regression Weighting When Only Population Margins Are Available." Communications in Statistics - Simulation and Computation 2023 (52 (11)): 5401 - 5422. doi:
  • Quandt, Markus, and Antonia May. 2019. "Classifying a Large Number of Countries by their Populations’ Shares of Ethnic and Civic Types of National Identification." European Survey Research Association conferences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb.
  • Quandt, Markus, and Antonia May. 2019. "Using Latent Class Analysis for testing the equivalence of multi-item scales across data from different survey programs. The example of National Identity types." Conference of the ‘Survey Data Recycling Project’: Building Multi-Source Databases for Comparative Analyses, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences Warsaw, Poland, 2019-12-16.