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Activity Number: 285 - New Advances in Sample Design and Adjusting for Survey Nonresponse
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 11, 2021 : 1:30 PM to 3:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Consulting
Abstract #319091
Title: Part 2: Construction of Strata Boundaries in Tax Auditing
Author(s): Zac Rhyne*
Companies: Ryan, LLC.
Keywords: Sampling; Audit; Estimation; Tax Sampling

Part II, Continuation of 2019 Research: The cumulative square root of the frequency method is a generally accepted statistical technique used for the construction of strata boundaries in stratified sampling. Many statistical consultants and state and federal taxing and auditing agencies utilize this statistical method originally developed by Dalenius and Hodges (1959). But there is a general lack of guidance on the determination and effects of interval (i.e., class) widths. Dalenius and Hodges originally proposed the application of their method using frequency distributions with class widths of 5 units. In this paper, we present the results of empirical tests to contrast Dalenius’ method with different class widths and to other approximate, non-iterative methods using several typical skewed accounting populations.

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