The Finite Selection Model

Description and User's Guide

by Martin Seda, Joan Keesey

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Describes the design, application, and operational use of the Finite Selection Model (FSM). The FSM is a computer program designed to assign subjects from a finite pool of eligible sets to user-specified treatment groups while generating statistical measures, such as indications of the cost effectiveness of the resulting assignments for each group. The model was developed specifically for the Health Insurance Study (HIS)-a study designed to evaluate the effects of alternative insurance plans upon demand for medical services and health status. The FSM was used to select and assign eligible families to predesignated health insurance plans. This report was written primarily as a user’s guide for analysts and programmers who intend to use the FSM for other applications and as documentation of the model’s capabilities.

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