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Absolute Value
Accuracy
Addition Rule
Alpha
Alternative Hypothesis
Back-to-Back Stemplots
Bar Chart
Bayes Rule
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Binomial Distribution
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Bivariate Data
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Cartesian Plane
Categorical Variable
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Chi-Square Goodness of Fit Test
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Chi-Square Test for Homogeneity
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Cluster
Cluster Sampling
Coefficient of Determination
Column Vector
Combination
Complement
Completely Randomized Design
Conditional Distribution
Conditional Frequency
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Confidence Interval
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Contingency Table
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Continuous Variable
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Convenience Sample
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Degrees of Freedom
Dependent Variable
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Deviation Score
Diagonal Matrix
Discrete Probability Distribution
Discrete Variable
Disjoint
Disproportionate Stratification
Dotplot
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Double Blinding
E Notation
Echelon Matrix
Effect Size
Element
Elementary Matrix Operations
Elementary Operators
Empty Set
Estimation
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Event
Event Multiple
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Experiment
Experimental Design
F Distribution
F Statistic
Factor
Factorial
Finite Population Correction
Frequency Count
Frequency Table
Full Rank
Gaps in Graphs
Geometric Distribution
Geometric Probability
Heterogeneous
Histogram
Homogeneous
Hypergeometric Distribution
Hypergeometric Experiment
Hypergeometric Probability
Hypergeometric Random Variable
Hypothesis Test
Identity Matrix
Independent
Independent Variable
Influential Point
Inner Product
Interquartile Range
Intersection
Interval Estimate
Interval Scale
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Joint Frequency
Joint Probability Distribution
Law of Large Numbers
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Line
Linear Combination of Vectors
Linear Dependence of Vectors
Linear Transformation
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Lurking Variable
Margin of Error
Marginal Distribution
Marginal Frequency
Matched Pairs Design
Matched-Pairs t-Test
Matrix
Matrix Dimension
Matrix Inverse
Matrix Order
Matrix Rank
Matrix Transpose
Mean
Measurement Scales
Median
Mode
Multinomial Distribution
Multinomial Experiment
Multiplication Rule
Multistage Sampling
Mutually Exclusive
Natural Logarithm
Negative Binomial Distribution
Negative Binomial Experiment
Negative Binomial Probability
Negative Binomial Random Variable
Neyman Allocation
Nominal Scale
Nonlinear Transformation
Non-Probability Sampling
Nonresponse Bias
Normal Distribution
Normal Random Variable
Null Hypothesis
Null Set
Observational Study
One-Sample t-Test
One-Sample z-Test
One-stage Sampling
One-Tailed Test
One-Way Table
Optimum Allocation
Ordinal Scale
Outer Product
Outlier
Paired Data
Parallel Boxplots
Parameter
Pearson Product-Moment Correlation
Percentage
Percentile
Permutation
Placebo
Point Estimate
Poisson Distribution
Poisson Experiment
Poisson Probability
Poisson Random Variable
Population
Power
Precision
Probability
Probability Density Function
Probability Distribution
Probability Sampling
Proportion
Proportionate Stratification
P-Value
Qualitative Variable
Quantitative Variable
Quartile
Random Number Table
Random Numbers
Random Sampling
Random Variable
Randomization
Randomized Block Design
Range
Ratio Scale
Reduced Row Echelon Form
Region of Acceptance
Region of Rejection
Regression
Relative Frequency
Relative Frequency Table
Replication
Representative
Residual
Residual Plot
Response Bias
Row Echelon Form
Row Vector
Sample
Sample Design
Sample Point
Sample Space
Sample Survey
Sampling
Sampling Distribution
Sampling Error
Sampling Fraction
Sampling Method
Sampling With Replacement
Sampling Without Replacement
Scalar Matrix
Scalar Multiple
Scatterplot
Selection Bias
Set
Significance Level
Simple Random Sampling
Singular Matrix
Skewness
Slope
Standard Deviation
Standard Error
Standard Normal Distribution
Standard Score
Statistic
Statistical Experiment
Statistical Hypothesis
Statistics
Stemplot
Strata
Stratified Sampling
Subset
Subtraction Rule
Sum Vector
Symmetric Matrix
Symmetry
Systematic Sampling
T Distribution
T Score
T Statistic
Test Statistic
Transpose
Treatment
t-Test
Two-Sample t-Test
Two-stage Sampling
Two-Tailed Test
Two-Way Table
Type I Error
Type II Error
Unbiased Estimate
Undercoverage
Uniform Distribution
Unimodal Distribution
Union
Univariate Data
Variable
Variance
Vector Inner Product
Vector Outer Product
Vectors
Voluntary Response Bias
Voluntary Sample
Y Intercept
z Score

Selection Bias
In survey sampling,
the bias
that results from an unrepresentative
sample
is called
selection bias . Some common examples of
selection bias are described below.

Undercoverage . Undercoverage occurs when some
members of the
population
are inadequately represented in the sample.
A classic example of undercoverage is the
Literary
Digest
voter survey, which predicted that
Alfred Landon would beat Franklin Roosevelt in the 1936
presidential election. The survey sample suffered from
undercoverage of low-income voters, who tended to be
Democrats. Undercoverage is often a problem with
convenience samples
.
Voluntary response bias . Voluntary response
bias occurs when sample members are self-selected volunteers,
as in
voluntary samples
.
An example would be call-in radio shows that solicit
audience participation in surveys on controversial topics
(abortion, affirmative action, gun control, etc.). The
resulting sample tends to overrepresent individuals who
have strong opinions.
Nonresponse bias . Sometimes, individuals
chosen for the sample are unwilling or unable to participate
in the survey. This can be a big problem with mail surveys,
where the response rate can be very low.