# Week 6 Study Notes

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13 Dec 2010
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GGR 270 â Lecture 6 â October 20, 2010
Sampling
îAim of inferential stats is to generalize about characteristics of larger population
îSo, need a process to obtain a sample
îSampling can be spatial or non-spatial
îTherefore, an essential skill for any geographer to have
Why Sample?
îNecessary is cases o extremely large populations
îEfficient and cost-effective way of understanding the population
îHighly detailed information can be obtained easily
îAllows for follow-up activity or repetition
Sampling Error
îIf a sample is representative of the population then it will accurately reflect the
characteristics of the population, without bias
îElement of randomness must be introduces to preserve the representative sample
îCan never eliminate bias, only minimize it
îReducing bias means reducing error
îPrecision and accuracy help categorize sources of error
Sampling Designs
îDifferent number of sampling designs:
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Ggr 270 lecture 6 october 20, 2010. aim of inferential stats is to generalize about characteristics of larger population. so, need a process to obtain a sample. Therefore, an essential skill for any geographer to have. necessary is cases o extremely large populations. efficient and cost-effective way of understanding the population. highly detailed information can be obtained easily. If a sample is representative of the population then it will accurately reflect the characteristics of the population, without bias. element of randomness must be introduces to preserve the representative sample. can never eliminate bias, only minimize it. precision and accuracy help categorize sources of error. different number of sampling designs: www. notesolution. com: simple random, systematic sampling, stratified. can also have a series of spatial sampling designs: use cartesian coordinates, simple, stratified random, transect. sample statistics will change or vary for each random sample selected.