Methodology for foreclosure cases

To gain insight into other Emigrant Bank foreclosure cases, iWatch News took a simple random sample of 54 of the 401 active cases listed in New York in mid-August. Details of each of the 54 cases were entered into a spreadsheet for descriptive analysis. We used a confidence level of 95 percent with a margin of error of 6 percentage points in either direction, standard in social science research. This means that for each sample drawn, 19 times out of 20 the findings would be within 6 percentage points above or below the percentages found its sample.