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French Equivalent: Échantillonnage

A term used to denote sampling where the subject matter, or geographical coverage, of a sample is diffuse or widespread as opposed to intensive, where it is narrowed to a small field.

Extensive sampling may refer either to a case where a wide variety of topics are covered superficially, rather than a few topics in detail or a large area is surveyed broadly, rather than a small area studied in detail.

The term could also be used with reference to time, that is to say, of sampling covering a long period.

It would be convenient to distinguish the cases as space-extensive, item-extensive and time-extensive respectively.

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:
Intensive sampling

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Created on Sunday, May 19, 2002

Last updated on Monday, April 28, 2003