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French Equivalent: Échantillon non aléatoire

A sample selected by a non-random method. For example, a scheme whereby units are selected purposively would yield a non-random sample. Again, a sample obtained by taking members at fixed intervals on a list is a non-random sample unless the list was arranged in a random order.

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:
Biased sample
Non-probability sampling
Quasi-random sampling

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Created on Sunday, May 26, 2002

Last updated on Wednesday, April 7, 2004