Sample Planning Wizard: Capabilities
Whether your focus is estimation, hypothesis testing, or survey sampling,
finding the right design and correctly analyzing survey results can be a
challenge, even for experienced researchers. What sampling method is best? What
sample size is required? What is the margin of error? Can I base my
calculations on a normal distribution? What formulas should I use to compute
standard errors?
Create Powerful CostEffective Sampling Plans
Don't stress. The Sample Planning Wizard is packed with features that make it
easy to create powerful, costeffective sampling plans and to correctly analyze
research results.

Work quickly and easily. Whether you are a novice researcher
or a worldclass statistician, the Sample Planning Wizard can help you find the
right design and the right analysis.

Use simple pointandclick inputs to describe the analysis you want to conduct.
The Wizard defines terms and guides you smoothly through the steps needed to
address your research goals.

Statistical computations are performed behind the scenes. The Wizard
automatically chooses the right statistical techniques for your design.

A final report, written in plain English, appears in seconds. The report
describes key findings, documents methodology, and offers suggestions for
improvement.

Find the optimum sample design. The Wizard allows you to
easily assess how different design decisions (sample size, sampling method,
etc.) affect the precision and cost of your research. For example, you can
quickly find the design that:

Requires the smallest sample size to achieve a specified sampling error.

Delivers the smallest sampling error, given a fixed sample size.

Delivers the smallest sampling error, given a fixed budget.

Achieves a specified sampling error for the smallest cost.

Find the best sampling method. Use the Wizard to compare
sampling methods and choose the one that best meets your needs.

Simple random sampling. This is sometimes the easiest sampling method to
administer, but it is seldom the most costeffective.

Stratified sampling. Compared to simple random samples, stratified samples
often provide increased precision and costsavings.

Cluster sampling. In many situations, cluster sampling provides economies for
sampling and data collection.

Work with small samples. The Sample Planning Wizard
automatically uses the right statistical test for your data situation, even
with small samples.

Large samples (n >
30). The Wizard assumes that parameter estimates are normally distributed.

Mean scores, small samples (n < 30). The Wizard uses a t distribution.

Proportions, small samples (n < 30). The Wizard uses a binomial distribution
when sampling with replacement; and a hypergeometric distribution when sampling
without replacement.

Assess statistical power and Type II errors. With hypothesis
tests, researchers need to be concerened not only with Type I errors, but also
with Type II errors.

You specify effect size (the amount of error your decision can tolerate),
and the Wizard automatically calculates the power of your test.

Or you specify power, and the Wizard calculates effect size.
The Sample Planning Wizard is a premium product available only to registered
users. Registration is quick, easy, and inexpensive. A onemonth license costs
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Note: To make sure the Sample Planning Wizard is the right tool
for your needs, try the free,
Demo
version. The demo will give you a good idea of what the Sample Planning Wizard
can do.