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Panel Studies as a Place to Explore New Designs

I really enjoyed this paper by Peter Lynn on targeting cases for different recruitment protocols. He makes a solid case for treating cases unequally, with the goal of equalizing response probabilities across subgroups. It also includes several examples from panel surveys.

I strongly agree that panel surveys are a fertile ground for trying out new kinds of designs. They have great data and there is a chain of interactions between the survey organization and the panel member. This is more like the adaptive treatment setting that Susan Murphy and colleagues have been exploring. I believe that panel surveys may be a fertile ground for bringing together ideas about adaptive treatment regimes and survey design.

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