Kish grid

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The Kish grid or Kish selection grid 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.



  1. ^ Laurie, Heather (2004), Lewis-Beck, Michael S.; Bryman, Alan; Futing Liao, Tim, eds., "Kish Grid", Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods, doi:10.4135/9781412950589, ISBN 978-0-7619-2363-3 
  2. ^ Marshall, Gordan (1998). "Kish grid". A Dictionary of Sociology. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 


  • 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.; Nichols, John Spicer (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