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SAMPLE DESIGN

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French Equivalent: Plan de sondage

Definition:
The sample design provides information on the target and final sample sizes, strata definitions and the sample selection methodology.

Context:
The usage is not uniform as regards the precise meaning of this and similar terms such as "sample plan", "survey design", "sampling plan" or "sampling design". These cover one or more parts constituting the entire planning of a sample survey inclusive of processing, etc.

The term "sampling plan" may be restricted to mean all steps taken in selecting the sample; the term "sample design" cover in addition the method of estimation; and "survey design" may cover also other aspects of the survey, e.g. choice and training of interviewers, tabulation plans, etc.

"Sample design" is sometimes used in a clearly defined sense, with reference to a given frame, as the set of rules or specifications for the drawing of a sample in an unequivocal manner (The International Statistical Institute, "The Oxford Dictionary of Statistical Terms", edited by Yadolah Dodge, Oxford University Press, 2003).

Source Publication:
Eurostat, "Assessment of Quality in Statistics: Glossary", Working Group, Luxembourg, May 2002.

Cross References:
Sample
Survey design

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Glossary Output Segments:
SDMX

Created on Sunday, May 26, 2002

Last updated on Tuesday, January 03, 2006