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In the sampling of human populations, the proportion of individuals who, though successfully contacted, refuse to give the information sought. The proportion is usually and preferably calculated by dividing the number of refusals by the total number of the sample which was originally desired to achieve.

Source Publication:
The International Statistical Institute, “The Oxford Dictionary of Statistical Terms”, edited by Yadolah Dodge, Oxford University Press, 2003.

Cross References:
Item response rate
Non-response rate

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

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Created on Sunday, May 26, 2002

Last updated on Tuesday, December 20, 2005