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Shi, Yongren; Cameron, Christopher J.; Heckathorn, Douglas D. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
Respondent-driven sampling (RDS), a link-tracing sampling and inference method for studying hard-to-reach populations, has been shown to produce asymptotically unbiased population estimates when its assumptions are satisfied. However, some of the assumptions are prohibitively difficult to reach in the field, and the violation of a crucial…
Descriptors: Statistical Inference, Bias, Recruitment, Sampling