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Title: Validity of Randomized Response for Sensitive Measurements
Journal: American Sociological Review  Volume:46  Dated:(April 1981)  Pages:187-200
Author(s): P E Tracy; J A Fox
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 78-NI-AX-0123
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Randomized response is a survey technique for reducing response bias arising from respondent concern over revealing sensitive information.
Abstract: There has been some question whether bias reduction earned through the randomized response approach is sufficient to compensate for its inefficiency. By comparing self-reported arrests for two interview conditions (randomized response and direct question) with corresponding true scores appearing in police arrest files, a field-validation of a quantitative randomized response model was attempted. Overall, randomized response outperformed the more traditional direct-question method. Not only was there substantial reduction in mean response error, but the response error operative in the randomized response condition appeared to be random rather than systematic. A mean squared error comparison of the two conditions appears to assuage the concern over its relative inefficiency. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Models; Sampling
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