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Sampling is the process of selecting a number of cases from all the cases in a particular group or universe.

Sampling is the research strategy of collecting data from a part of a population with a view to drawing inferences about the whole. The “population” in this sense is often termed the “universe". (Survey Design and Statistical Methodology Metadata, Software and Standards Management Branch, Systems Support Division, United States Bureau of the Census, Washington D.C., August 1998, Section 3.3.17, page 28).

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.

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Area sampling
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Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Tuesday, December 20, 2005