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 Topic: Neonatal death highest Proportion in U5CM. However, a Rare Statistical Event
Neonatal death highest Proportion in U5CM. However, a Rare Statistical Event [message #21998] Sat, 16 January 2021 03:04
shujaat.smc@gmail.com is currently offline  shujaat.smc@gmail.com
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Registered: July 2020
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Dear DHS Representative,

I have come across the limitation of estimating the NMR through survey data that "The survey data on neonatal mortality may be affected by limited sample size because even in high mortality settings, neonatal deaths are a rare (statistical) event, (Hill and Choi 2006)."

My Mind is not accepting this statement due to the following reasons;

1. I am living in a country (Pakistan) that has the highest NMR across the globe.

2. My country does not have CRVS across its region.

3. How the science of statistics comes to the conclusion that due to "limited sample size" in a "high mortality setting, neonatal death is rare statistical event."


Quest1: How it can be proved that this statement holds true for my country and other regions with high NMR?

Quest2: What is the statistical test to prove that due to the limited sample size in a nationwide household survey like DHS the sample size was small?

Quest3: Does a rare statistical event creates survivor bias. (I am asking this because the author has mentioned this limitation of the rare statistical event in the paragraph on survivor bias)


Looking forward to your reply.

Best Regards

Dr. Hussain



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