Definition of Sampling

The Canada social science dictionary [1] provides the following meaning of Sampling: Refers to the process or method of drawing a sample from a population. This process can be based on random selection such that each member of the population has an equal probability of being selected (eg: putting all the names into a hat). Many statistical tests assume a process of random selection. However, the method may not be based on random selection. One might, for example, select for convenience the first 100 people you meet or all the students in an introductory sociology class.

Sampling: Resources

Notes and References

  • Drislane, R., & Parkinson, G. (2016). (Concept of) Sampling. Online dictionary of the social sciences. Open University of Canada

Concept of Sampling

In relation to securing dangerous material (in case of crisis or terrorism) a meaning of sampling may be outlined, in general regarding European law, as follows: The act, process, or technique of selecting a suitable sample;
1. the act, process, or technique small parts are taken as samples – following defined sampling procedures – for inspection or analysis in order to obtain reliable information about the nature and composition of CBRN substances or contaminated material or
2. Selecting a representative part of a population for the purpose of determining parameters or characteristics of the whole population.[1]


Notes and References

  1. Definition of sampling published by the European Commission

Hierarchical Display of Sampling

Economics > Economic analysis > Statistics > Sample survey

Meaning of Sampling

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