Sampling: An overview

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  • Date: 25 Sep 2012

Sampling consists of selecting some part of a population to observe so that one may estimate something about the whole population...More broadly, the field of sampling concerns every aspect of how data are selected, out of all the possibilities that might have been observed, whether the selection process has been under the control of investigators or has been determined by nature or happenstance, and how to use such data to make inferences about the larger population of interest. Surveys in which there is some control over the procedure by which the sample is selected turn out to have considerable advantages for purposes of inference about the population from which the sample comes.

Taken from: Steven K. Thompson, Sampling, Third Edition, 2012.

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