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Structures of mail questionnaires: Statistical test of alternatives


The physical structure of a mail questionnaire can influence the internal consistency of logically interrelated answers. The study reported here shows that it is possible to build experimental designs into routine survey work. Such tests help to determine the efficiency of alternative questionnaire structures.


La estructura fisica de un cuestionario puede influenciar la consistencia interna de contestaciones con relaciones recíprocas. Este trabajo demuestra que es posible construir diseños experimentales dentro de la rutina de trabajo de la encuesta, lo que permite determinar la eficiencia de estructuras alternativas del cuestionario.

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Bauer, R.K., Meissner, F. Structures of mail questionnaires: Statistical test of alternatives. Trabajos de Estadistica 11, 49–55 (1960).

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