The efficiency of systematic sampling in stereology — reconsidered


E. B. V. JENSEN , Department of Theoretical Statistics and Laboratory of Computational Stochastics, University of Aarhus, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark


In the present paper, we summarize and further develop recent research in the estimation of the variance of stereological estimators based on systematic sampling. In particular, it is emphasized that the relevant estimation procedure depends on the sampling density. The validity of the variance estimation is examined in a collection of data sets, obtained by systematic sampling. Practical recommendations are also provided in a separate section.