Experimental: Construct non-response weights

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Description

Functions to simplify the construction of non-reponse weights by combining strata with small numbers or large weights.

Usage

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nonresponse(sample.weights, sample.counts, population)
sparseCells(object, count=0,totalweight=Inf, nrweight=1.5)
neighbours(index,object)
joinCells(object,a,...)
## S3 method for class 'nonresponse'
weights(object,...)

Arguments

sample.weights

table of sampling weight by stratifying variables

sample.counts

table of sample counts by stratifying variables

population

table of population size by stratifying variables

object

object of class "nonresponse"

count

Cells with fewer sampled units than this are "sparse"

nrweight

Cells with higher non-response weight than this are "sparse"

totalweight

Cells with average sampling weight times non-response weight higher than this are "sparse"

index

Number of a cell whose neighbours are to be found

a,...

Cells to join

Details

When a stratified survey is conducted with imperfect response it is desirable to rescale the sampling weights to reflect the nonresponse. If some strata have small sample size, high non-response, or already had high sampling weights it may be desirable to get less variable non-response weights by averaging non-response across strata. Suitable strata to collapse may be similar on the stratifying variables and/or on the level of non-response.

nonresponse() combines stratified tables of population size, sample size, and sample weight into an object. sparseCells identifies cells that may need combining. neighbours describes the cells adjacent to a specified cell, and joinCells collapses the specified cells. When the collapsing is complete, use weights() to extract the nonresponse weights.

Value

nonresponse and joinCells return objects of class "nonresponse", neighbours and sparseCells return objects of class "nonresponseSubset"

Examples

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data(api)
## pretend the sampling was stratified on three variables
poptable<-xtabs(~sch.wide+comp.imp+stype,data=apipop)
sample.count<-xtabs(~sch.wide+comp.imp+stype,data=apiclus1)
sample.weight<-xtabs(pw~sch.wide+comp.imp+stype, data=apiclus1)

## create a nonresponse object
nr<-nonresponse(sample.weight,sample.count, poptable)

## sparse cells
sparseCells(nr)

## Look at neighbours
neighbours(3,nr)
neighbours(11,nr)

## Collapse some contiguous cells
nr1<-joinCells(nr,3,5,7)

## sparse cells now
sparseCells(nr1)
nr2<-joinCells(nr1,3,11,8)

nr2

## one relatively sparse cell
sparseCells(nr2)
## but nothing suitable to join it to
neighbours(3,nr2)

## extract the weights
weights(nr2)

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