Sample size determination is a prerequisite for statistical surveys. A comprehensive overview of the Bayesian approach for computation of the sample size, and a comparison with classical approaches, is presented. Two surveys are taken as example to illustrate the accuracy and efficiency of each approach, and to make recommendations about which method is preferred. The Bayesian approach of sample size determination may require fewer subjects if proper prior information is available.
Sadia, Farhana and Hossain, Syed S.
"Contrast of Bayesian and Classical Sample Size Determination,"
Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods:
2, Article 23.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/jmasm/vol13/iss2/23