Centre for Statistical & Survey Methodology Working Paper Series

Publication Date



Survey data are not just the data collected from the responding sample. There are typically many other sources of information about the characteristics of the sampled population that can be used to improve inference. The data contained in these sources is often referred to as auxiliary data in the survey sampling literature. Inference using the survey data that exactly recovers key population characteristics associated with this auxiliary information is said to be calibrated on these characteristics, and is typically viewed as superior to inference that does not necessarily achieve this outcome.