Relaxation of Sampling Assumptions

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Relaxation of Sampling Assumptions

As indicated previously, the modeling procedures assume that the data are from a stratified simple random sample, so they
use the product multinomial distribution. If the data are not from such a sample, then in many cases it is still possible
to use a modeling procedure by arguing that each row of the contingency table *does* represent a simple random sample from some hypothetical population. The extent to which the inferences are generalizable
depends on the extent to which the hypothetical population is perceived to resemble the target population.

Similarly, the Cochran-Mantel-Haenszel statistics use the multiple hypergeometric distribution, which requires fixed row and
column marginal totals in each contingency table. If the sampling process does not yield a table with fixed margins, then
it is usually possible to fix the margins through conditioning arguments similar to the ones used by Fisher when he developed
the Exact Test for tables. In other words, if you want fixed marginal totals, you can generally make your analysis conditional on those observed
totals.

For more information on sampling models for categorical data, see Bishop, Fienberg, and Holland (1975, Chapter 13) and Agresti (2002, Chapter 1.2).

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