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Sancho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-17-07 12:06 PM
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97. this gobblebegook...
is 100% documented in survey and measurement literature (at least in my circles). Sorry if I didn't take the time to go into details. It is not the first time that I've written something that is confusing. I have presented at ASA, but not at this division. You can see examples of the gobblegook in the titles of this link: if you get interested...maybe you were there?

My colleagues, consulting partners, and clients would recognize all these "sampling techniques" instantly. I just tried to tone down the terminology for the post. Heaven knows I didn't get into anything technical...even though I admit it was a quick list. I even avoided the obscure statistical things: decision theories, threshold analyses, etc. I suspect we all run in different worlds.

I already have a rather busy consulting calendar in 2008, but not with exit poll clients. I did some analysis as a volunteer in the last year and sent the results to interested parties who found them pretty useful and presented them in a report. In fact, I did get an offer to participate in a poll/election analysis, but I didn't pursue it. I also got a referral to a lawyer challenging an election here in Florida based on some analysis. I do consulting as a neutral expert (or openingly reveal any affiliation), and I would not take a contract that didn't allow complete and open external review of the process and data (except for identities of responders), so I guess I'll keep my day job.

I still think the exit poll process needs lots of sampling improvement. OTOH seems convinced that it's not the pollster's job to make some changes (if I understand correctly, I'm not trying to misrepresent OTOH) . You seem to be more interested in the parametric statistics of poll analysis, but not necessarily in changing the sampling methods (if I understand you correctly, sorry if I'm misinterpreting), but you likely think the entire voting process in the US is flawed and the polls don't have the power to detect most problems.

Since I don't read all the posts on DU or other blogs, I may have missed something. Unless I see something new, I'll continue to disagree with our and OTOH and suggest that exit pollsters broaden their data collection methods and be more responsive to the needs for public information about potential election manipulations. As I've read and explored over the last year or so, I'm more convinced than ever that exit polls could offer useful information to investigations of election "mistakes" or manipulation. TIA et. al. may not "prove" anything, but they are certainly suggesting where to look.
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