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INDIRECT SAMPLING

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French Equivalent: Échantillonnage indirect

Definition:
Sampling from documents, or some record of the characteristics of a population, rather than the recording of information obtained at first hand from units of the population themselves. For example, it is customary to obtain preliminary information on the results of, say, a national census by analysing a sample of the census forms before the full analysis is undertaken; the population is then subject to indirect sampling.

Source Publication:
A Dictionary of Statistical Terms, 5th edition, prepared for the International Statistical Institute by F.H.C. Marriott. Published for the International Statistical Institute by Longman Scientific and Technical.

Cross References:
Direct sampling

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Created on Thursday, May 23, 2002

Last updated on Tuesday, April 29, 2003