Friday, 22 January 2010 23:00

What is a Sample?

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A SAMPLE is a sub-set of the POPULATION.

A SAMPLE is drawn to represent the population, negating the need to conduct an extensive census. 

An example of a sample would be:

You decide you want to take a survey of the student body at your school.  Without a team of helpers, it will be nearly impossible to survey EVERYONE in a short period of time.  So instead, you decide to draw a SIMPLE RANDOM SAMPLE, which you determine is representative of the population. 

Studying and drawing CONCLUSIONS from a sample would be a heck of a lot easier than trying to survey every person (and study every person) in the Population

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