University of HelsinkiDepartment of Mathematics and Statistics
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Social Sciences


Measurement and Survey Methodology (MSM)

Measurement and survey methodology form the core of applied statistics: collecting and handling the data for describing and analysing the real-world phenomena. These questions are met in all application fields, especially in the survey studies, which are based on sampling and measurement.

  • Sampling theory explains how the data must be collected in different circumstances, in order to get an unbiased and representative conception of the population, and how the resulting sample can be assessed.
  • Measurement theory explains how the phenomena should be measured in different circumstances, and how the quality of the measurements should be assessed.

The measurement and survey methodology (social statistics) studies are well suited for all students of statistics (both major and minor).

Methods related to these topics are developed within the research group of measurement and survey methodology. The cooperation with researchers of various application fields is essential.

 Updated 2008-09-23 / KV
Graph: Measurement model and measurement scale