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Summer training in statistical sampling at University of Michigan

Yajuan points us to this summer program:

The 53rd Sampling Program for Survey Statisticians will be offered by the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research from June 3 to July 31, 2020.

Founded by Professor Leslie Kish in 1961, the Sampling Program is devoted to training statisticians in sound probability sampling methods for diverse complex survey research problems. Since its inception, the Sampling Program has trained hundreds of participants from over 100 countries.

This intensive eight-week training program covers the principles and practice of survey sampling, the analysis of complex sample survey data, and application of sampling methods in many settings in three courses:

• Methods of Survey Sampling
• Analysis of Complex Sample Survey Data
• Workshop in Survey Sampling Techniques

Courses are conducted by Survey Research Center faculty and staff, and expert guest instructors, and cover topics ranging from traditional survey sampling and analysis methods to cutting-edge methodology, including utilizing machine learning and big data in survey settings and non-probability sampling methods.

Participants in the Sampling Program enroll in these three courses and are considered Fellows in the Program. The methods and the analysis courses may be taken as stand-alone courses, but participation in the sampling workshop is reserved for Sampling Program Fellows.

The online application is now open at, and includes an optional application for limited scholarship assistance through the Leslie Kish International Fellowship.

For more details about course descriptions, dates, times, and other relevant information, please visit You can also call (877) 880-9389 or email [email protected] for more information.

Remember the principle of statistical design: To understand the past, you must first know the future.

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  1. zbicyclist says:

    I have fond memories of this program.

    I can still hear Leslie Kish’s Hungarian accent in my head. It was only when I moved 5 years ago that I threw out the homework answers drawn from his book, “Survey Sampling”, which is still on my bookshelf held together with duck tape. At the time, I had no idea how useful this material would turn out to be in my future career.

    Robert Groves (later head of the U.S. Census Bureau) was just starting his illustrious career. Graham Kalton and Martin Frankl and Don Pelz were also on the faculty.

    Leslie, in whatever heaven you are in now, Thanks!

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