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A probability sample is a sample selected by a method based on the theory of probability (random process), that is, by a method involving knowledge of the likelihood of any unit being selected.

Source Publication:
United Nations Statistics Division, "Handbook of Vital Statistics Systems and Methods, Volume 1: Legal, Organisational and Technical Aspects", Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 35, United Nations, New York, 1991.

Cross References:
Non-probability sample
Probability sampling

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

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Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Tuesday, December 20, 2005