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    Question about parametric and nonparametric tests and non-probability sampling




    I think I am pretty clear on the differences between parametric and nonparametric tests and which is more appropriate to use given the data you have collected.

    My question is about non-probability sampling and the use of the aforementioned tests.

    To my knowledge, both parametric and nonparametric have the same assumption that the data is from a random sample/random sampling procedures.

    So how we handle the data from non-probability samples? Can we only complete descriptive statistics?

    Also, I was informed there are such a thing as "non probability statistics", do these exist? I cannot find anything of the sort when I search.

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    Re: Question about parametric and nonparametric tests and non-probability sampling

    Whether you need a random sample depends on whether you're trying to make inferences about a population. In some cases you might be wanting to make inferences about causal effects in a sample. With random assignment you can do the latter even with a convenience sample. (E.g., I can collect 100 students from my uni, do an experiment testing a causal effect, and then calculate the probability of observing a difference as large as that I've seen in my sample under the null hypothesis that the manipulation had zero effect).

    For inference to a population from a sample, multilevel regression and poststratification (Mr P) is something that can be applied in some contexts.
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    Re: Question about parametric and nonparametric tests and non-probability sampling

    Thanks!

    The participants will be recruited from a database (persons self select to be entered into this database). Definitely would like to use inferential statistics for this sample.

    From what my search is telling me is non-probability statistics (designed without the assumption a random sample is being used) may not exist

    Honestly, I am more confused by the use of the term "non-probability statistics" than anything else

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    Re: Question about parametric and nonparametric tests and non-probability sampling


    I'm not familiar with the term myself to be honest!
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