Carl-Erik Särndal, born in 1937, is a Swedish and Canadian statistician. specializing in survey statistics. He held professorial appointments at Umeå University; University of British Columbia, Université de Montréal, and Statistics Sweden, Stockholm. He specialized in survey theory and methodology, especially with applications to official statistics production for a country. He worked, periodically, as researcher, expert and/or consultant, at national statistical agencies: Statistics Canada (Ottawa), Statistics Sweden (Stockholm) and Statistics Finland (Helsinki).
Education and professional years
Carl-Erik Särndal grew up in Sweden. He attended Lund University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree (1957), a Ph.D. degree in statistics (1962). He was Professor at: Department of Statistics, Umeå University, Sweden, 1967-1970; Division of Management Science, Faculty of Commerce & Business Administration, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 1970-1980; Département de mathématiques et de statistique, Université de Montréal, 1980-1997; Statistics Sweden, 1997-2002
Prominent research themes
Model assisted design-based inference; uses of auxiliary information in estimation; generalized regression (GREG) estimation; calibration weighting, in particular for survey nonresponse; critical examination of the probability sampling paradigm.
Associate Editor, Journal of The American Statistical Association, 1973-1976.
Member, Advisory Committee for Statistical Methods, Statistics Canada, 1981-2009.
Member, Scientific Advisory Board (Vetenskapliga Rådet), Statistics Sweden, 1985-2009.
Honours and awards
Fellow, American Statistical Association, 1973.
Honorary member, Finnish Statistical Society, 1995.
Honorary doctor’s degree (filosofie hedersdoktor), Örebro University, Sweden, 2000.
Honorary Member, Statistical Society of Canada, 2002.
Waksberg Award, by American Statistical Association and Statistics Canada, to prominent
survey methodology statistician, 2007.
Jerzy Neyman Medal, Polish Statistical Association, 2018.
C.M. Cassel, C.E. Särndal, J. Wretman (1977), Foundations of Inference in Survey Sampling.
New York: Wiley, 192 pp.
C.E. Särndal, B. Swensson, J. Wretman (1992), Model Assisted Survey Sampling. New
York: Springer-Verlag, 695 pp, in paperback 2003,
C.E. Särndal, S. Lundström (2005), Estimation in Surveys with Nonresponse. New York: Wiley, 212 pp.
C.M. Cassel, C.E. Särndal and J.H. Wretman (1976), Some results on generalized difference
estimation and generalized regression estimation for finite populations. Biometrika, 63, 615-
J.C. Deville, C.E. Särndal (1992), Calibration estimators in survey sampling. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 87, 376-382.
C.E. Särndal (2007). The calibration approach in survey theory and practice. Survey Methodology Journal, 33(2), 99-119.
R. Platek and C.E. Särndal (2001). Can a statistician deliver? Journal of Official Statistics,
17(1), 1-127, with discussions and rejoinder.
P.S. Kott (2005). An interview with the authors of Model Assisted Survey Sampling. Journal of
Official Statistics, 21(2), 171-182.
D. Devaud and Y. Tillé (2019). Deville and Särndal’s calibration: revisiting a 25-year-old successful optimization problem, TEST, 28(4), 1033-1091, with discussions and rejoinder.
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