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Estimating positive surveys from negative surveys


  • Bao, Yafei
  • Luo, Wenjian
  • Zhang, Xin


The negative survey is an emergent survey method, which could protect sensitive data and individual privacy. Because positive survey results are needed in most situations, it is essential to estimate positive surveys from negative surveys. However, the traditional method for reconstructing positive surveys from negative surveys could return negative values (i.e. less than zero), and obviously this is impractical. In this paper, two novel methods to estimate positive surveys from negative surveys are proposed. Both methods can return nonnegative and proper values, and their results are identical. Simulation experiments demonstrate that the proposed two methods return more reasonable results than the traditional method.

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  • Bao, Yafei & Luo, Wenjian & Zhang, Xin, 2013. "Estimating positive surveys from negative surveys," Statistics & Probability Letters, Elsevier, vol. 83(2), pages 551-558.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:stapro:v:83:y:2013:i:2:p:551-558 DOI: 10.1016/j.spl.2012.10.032

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    1. Esponda, Fernando & Guerrero, Victor M., 2009. "Surveys with negative questions for sensitive items," Statistics & Probability Letters, Elsevier, vol. 79(24), pages 2456-2461, December.
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