Using spreadsheet solvers in sample design

  title={Using spreadsheet solvers in sample design},
  author={Lynne Stokes and John Plummer},
  journal={Computational Statistics & Data Analysis},
Nonlinear programming (NLP) has been used for some time in planning of sample designs more complex than a single objective strati2ed or two-stage design. This paper discusses the new NLP solver tools that are now widely available in commercial spreadsheet products, and illustrates how to use them in these kinds of sample design problems. These tools eliminate the need for acquiring special purpose software or writing code, and have a natural interface so that setting up the problem is… CONTINUE READING