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French Equivalent: Échantillonnage par zones

A method of sampling when no complete frame of reference is available. The total area under investigation is divided into small sub-areas which are sampled at random or by some restricted random process. Each of the chosen sub-areas is then fully inspected and enumerated, and may form a frame for further sampling if desired.

The term may also be used (but is not recommended) as meaning the sampling of a domain to determine area, e.g. under a crop.

Source Publication:
The International Statistical Institute, “The Oxford Dictionary of Statistical Terms”, edited by Yadolah Dodge, Oxford University Press, 2003.

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

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Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Thursday, January 08, 2004