Vol. 40 No. 1 (1992)
Research Article

The Distinctive Hispanic Names (DHN) Technique: A Method for Selecting a Sample or Estilmating Population Size

Published 1992-03-01



To address the problem of determining total numbers of a population from a limited sampling, I derived a Distinctive Hispanic Names (DHN) Technique, based on 8,455 United States voters born in Spanish-speaking countries (and Puerto Rico) and classified as Hispanic. I offer suggestions of how many surnames and which surnames to use, and how to adjust the DHN list for Hispanic communities of diverse nationality background. The DHN technique allows an estimate of the total number of Hispanic voters in Miami Beach, Florida, including United States-born Hispanics.


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