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Activity Number: 492
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 3, 2016 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Survey Research Methods Section
Abstract #318705
Title: Sampling with Minimal Strata Sample Size Requirements
Author(s): Stanislav Kolenikov* and Igor Griva
Companies: Abt SRBI and George Mason University
Keywords: stratification ; sampling ; sample size ; nonlinear optimization ; statistical computing ; survey cost

We consider the problem of optimal stratified single stage sampling design where minimal sample size requirements are specified for all strata. We show that the problem reduces to unidimensional optimization, and present an algorithm that solves it. We discuss the substantive interpretation of the algorithm and Lagrange multipliers in terms of the sampling problem at hand. An illustrative numerical example is provided.

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