JPSM Distinguished Lecture Series-The Essential Survey Statistician

With the increasing availability of large convenient data sets such as electronic nled ical records, sensor data, and social 1nedia information, and \Vith the continued decline in response rates, some have wondered whether survey sampling will continue to play a role in producing data for society.I argue why the perspective and skills of survey statisticians are essential in the current data environ ment, and describe some research problems for which sampling expertise and research are needed. I also discuss the knowledge and adaptability that will be essential for the survey statistician of the future.