Survey weights and new ANES suggestions

Many large surveys are structured as complex sample designs that reflect various stratification considerations. Statistics calculated from such designs must be weighted to reflect the general population of interest. A clear discussion and set of recommendations by four prominent researchers for the calculation and implementation of weights using ANES datasets can be found in the Sept. 2009 Technical Report, nes012427, Computing Weights for American National Election Study Survey Data. The report can be found in the Reference Library section of the ANES
website.
Single panel cross-sectional, two-wave panel and multi-wave panel recommendations are considered along with nonresponse and poststratification weighting. The generality of discussion applies to other large studies such as Census data, and similar surveys.

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