RAND Statistics Seminar Series

Extensions of Respondent-Driven Sampling: Analyzing Continuous Variables and Multivariate Analysis Using Dual-Component Sampling Weights

Presented by Douglas Heckathorn, Dept. of Sociology, Cornell University
Thursday, December 8, 2005
RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA
Please contact Teddi Sanchez if you would like to attend this seminar.

Speaker Biography

Douglas Heckathorn is Professor of Sociology, Cornell University. Recent theoretic research focuses on collective action, group solidary, norm emergence and creation, and developing statistically valid methods for studying very large networks of unknown size and structure. He also developed a method for drawing statistically valid samples of hard-to-reach populations, respondent-driven sampling (RDS). Though developed less than a decade ago, in 1997, this method has now been used in most major US cities, and over 20 other countries, to study jazz musicians, drug users, commercial sex workers, and gay men. Funding has come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, Global AIDS, USAID, and the World Health Organization.

He also edits the journal, Rationality and Society, and was awarded the Lon Fuller Prize in Jurisprudence for an article that appeared in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy on default provisions and disclosure rules in contract law, and the Distinguished Publication Award from the American Sociological Association for an article on sampling hard-to-reach populations that appeared in Sociological Methodology.

Attending a Seminar

RAND Visitors are welcome to attend the statistics seminars, but must RSVP at least one day prior to the seminar. To ensure your attendance, contact Ms. Teddi Sanchez at (tsanchez@rand.org) with your name, company or university affiliation, and national citizenship (for security purposes). Light refreshments will be served.

For directions to RAND see: http://www.rand.org/about/locations/santa-monica.html
Visitors must enter through the north-parking garage, which is accessible from Main Street in our new office building. Inform the attendant that you are there for the Statistics Seminar Series and you will be directed to the appropriate parking area. If there is no attendant present, use the intercom and tell them that you are here for the Statistics Seminar Series. After parking, follow the instructions to the appropriate conference area. (1776 Main Street)

Reminder: the old RAND surface parking lots have been permanently closed.

For further information and to be added to the mailing list contact Teddi Sanchez (tsanchez@rand.org).