METHODOLOGY FOR MEASURING POPULATIONS OF INSTITUTIONS

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 1594
Amount: $40,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1984
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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Decision Science Consortium
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Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 DR. REX V. BROWN
 SENIOR ANALYST
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Business Contact
 Dr.rex V. Brown
Title: Senior Analyst
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Research Institution
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Abstract
ALTHOUGH THE ART OF ESTIMATING HUMAN POPULATIONS IS MATURE, INSTITUTIONAL ESTIMATION RELIES ON RESEARCHERS' INTUITIONS OR ILL-FITTING ADAPTATIONS OF CONSUMER RESEARCH. THIS PROJECT IS TO DEVELOP A DATA GATHERING AND ANALYSIS METHODOLOGY FOR MEASURING FEATURES OF A POPULATION OF INSTITUTIONS (E.G., DEMAND FOR A NEW MANUFACTURING PROCESS). WE PROPOSE FOUR SPECIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS, WHOSE FORMULATIONS, FEASIBILITY TESTING AND RESEARCH PLANNING CONSTITUTE PHASE I TASKS: (1) BASIC METHODOLOGY FOR EVALUATING ESTIMATION STRATEGIES AND RESULTING ESTIMATES (E.G., USING "DECOMPOSED ERROR ANALYSIS" AND "PLURAL ANALYSIS"). (2) INNOVATIVE DATA GATHERING AND ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES FOR: TASK FORMULATION AND ALLOCATION OF EFFORT; SAMPLING FRAMES; POPULATION CONTROL DATA; SAMPLE SPECIFICATION; UNIT MEASUREMENT. (3) A COMPUTERIZED DATABASE OF ESTABLISHMENTS. (4) DEMONSTRATION OF AN INTEGRATED METHODOLOGY IN THE CONTEXT OF INDUSTRIAL MARKETING RESEARCH OR OTHER CASE STUDIES. THE PROJECT TEAM CONTRIBUTES: AWARD-WINNING INNOVATIVE RESEARCH CREDENTIALS IN THIS FIELD (BROWN - P.I.); EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE OF INSTITUTIONAL STUDIES AND INDUSTRIAL MARKET RESEARCH (BROWN, LILIEN, JACKSON); STATISTICAL EXPERTISE (LINDLEY); AND ACCESS TO THE RESOURCES OF THE INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF BUSINESS MARKETS (LILIEN).

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