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Sampling: Questions of Size

Sampling is the process of selecting a sub-set, of people or social phenomena to be studied, from the larger ‘universe’ to which they belong, determined by a balance between resources available; anticipated techniques of analysis; how much variation there is believed to be in the universe; and the level of precision needed in estimates to be made about the universe on the basis of data from the sample.

Section Outline: How big a sample? Non-probability samples. Samples from ‘universes’. Trading off resources, planned analysis techniques, and variability of universe's components. Example: student elections. Stratified samples. Cluster samples. Estimates: correctness not the same as precision.

The most frequently asked question in sampling for Social Surveys is ‘How big a sample do we need?’ The ...

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