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2007 Hansen Lecture

Joe Sedransk, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Assessing the Value of Bayesian Methods for Inference About Finite Population Quantities

Abstract: Bayesian methodology is well developed and there are successful applications in many areas of substantive research. However, the use of such methodology in making inferences about finite population quantities is limited. I will describe several types of application where greater use of Bayesian methods is likely to be profitable and some where they are not. In addition, I will describe research whose successful completion should lead to improved analysis. The illustrations will come, primarily, from establishment surveys and a related area, providing public "report cards" for providers of medical care.