Retrospective two-stage cluster sampling for mortality in Iraq

Two-stage sampling has commonly been used in surveys of households and individuals. The standard strategy is first to stratify the frame population, then determine a reasonable number of primary sampling units (PSUs) within each stratum, to choose some of these with probability proportional to size (first stage) and, finally, to draw sampled units randomly within each cluster (second stage).

Retrospective two-stage cluster sampling for mortality in Iraq

Seppo LaaksonenUniversity of Helsinki


Giles (2007) presents a summary of the debate that began as soon as Burnham et al. (2006) published their Iraq Mortality Survey (IMS) results in the British journal The Lancet. His article starts:

It's not often that George W. Bush takes time out to attack a scientific paper on the day that it's released. But then few papers attract as much attention as the one that claimed that more than half a million people, or 2.5% of the population, had...

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