Kish grid

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The Kish grid or Kish selection table is a method for selecting members within a household to be interviewed. It uses a pre-assigned table of random numbers to find the person to be interviewed. It was developed by statistician Leslie Kish in 1949.[1]

It is a technique widely used in survey research.[2] However, in telephone surveys, the next-birthday method is sometimes preferred to the Kish grid.




  • Kish, Leslie (September 1949), "A Procedure for Objective Respondent Selection within the Household", Journal of the American Statistical Association 44 (247): 380–387, doi:10.1080/01621459.1949.10483314, JSTOR 2280236 
  • McBurney, Peter (April 1988), "On Transferring Statistical Techniques Across Cultures: The Kish Grid", Current Anthropology 29 (2): 323–325, doi:10.1086/203642, JSTOR 2743408 
  • Salmon, Charles T.; John Spicer Nichols (1983), "The Next-Birthday Method for Respondent Selection", Public Opinion Quarterly 47 (2): 270–276, doi:10.1086/268785, JSTOR 2749026 
  • Gaziano, Cecilie (2005), "Comparative Analysis of Within-Household Respondent Selection Techniques", Public Opinion Quarterly 69 (1): 124–157, doi:10.1093/poq/nfi006