Sampling (statistics)In probability theory and statistics, sampling is the selection of individuals from a population of interest (or the collection of data on those individuals). A sampling frame is the actual list that a sample is drawn from.
Methods of statistical sampling include:
A sampling method that does not meet this criterion is called nonprobability sampling. Nonprobability sampling techniques should be used to infer from the sample to the general population only with great caution. An example of nonprobability sampling is convenience sampling, in which members of the population are chosen based on their relative ease of access.
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