Sankhya: The Indian Journal of Statistics

1999, Volume 61, Series B, Pt. 1, pp. 133--144

A NONINFORMATIVE BAYESIAN APPROACH FOR TWO-STAGE CLUSTER SAMPLING

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GLEN MEEDEN University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

SUMMARY.The polya posterior gives a noninformative Bayesian justification for various single-stage sampling procedures. Here this type of reasoning is extended to two-stage cluster sampling problems. The frequency properties of the resulting procedures are studied.

AMS (1991) subject classification.62D05 and 62C10.

Key words and phrases. Cluster sampling, Polya posterior, finite population sampling, and noninformative Bayes.

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