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Yves Till & Alina Matei

In: The SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology

Chapter 21: Basics of Sampling for Survey Research

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Basics of Sampling for Survey Research
Basics of Sampling for Survey Research
Yves TillAlina Matei
Introduction

Sampling consists of selecting a subset of units or elements from a finite population for the purpose of extrapolating the results obtained on this subset to the entire population. Sampling is mainly intended to reduce the survey costs. The methodology that enables us to extrapolate has been the subject of many debates and is still controversial. This chapter offers a view of the main probabilistic sampling schemes and statistical inference approaches used in survey sampling theory. The chapter is structured as follows. The next section introduces the basic concepts and notation. It also shows the difference between probabilistic and non-probabilistic samples, including a discussion of the representativeness concept. Then we introduce ...

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