
"Representative sampling?"
Posted:
Nov 2, 2000 12:44 PM


Is there a statistical definition of "representative sampling?" That is, is there a way to show that a sampling strategy will yield (within some tolerance) a sample that is "representative" of the population? For example, given a sampling strategy with replacement, clearly, if I always choose the same member/person in my population, then this is *not* a representative sample (I always get the same person!) What sort of sampling schemes *are* "representative" (if this is even a meaningful concept, statistically), and how can one show this?
References or thoughts? Thanks in advance for your help.
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