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CO-ORDINATION OF SAMPLES

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Definition:
Increasing the sample overlap for some surveys rather than drawing the samples independently is known as positive coordination.

A positive coordination is often searched in repeated surveys over time (panels) in order to obtain a better accuracy of statistics depending on correlated variables from two surveys. Reducing the overlap between samples for different surveys is known as negative coordination.

A negative coordination is used in order to share more equally the response burden among responding units when statistics from surveys are not used together or are not correlated.

Source Publication:
Lessler, J.T. and Kalsbeek, W.D. (1992), "Non Sampling Error in Survey", New York: John Wiley or US department of Commerce (1978), "Glossary of Non Sampling Error Terms: An Illustration of a Semantic Problem in Statistics", Statistical Policy Working Paper 4, Office of Federal Statistical Policy Standards, 1978.

Cross References:
Sample

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Glossary Output Segments:
SDMX

Created on Friday, December 16, 2005

Last updated on Friday, December 16, 2005