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Chapter 12

Chapter 12-Sampling

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Sociology 2206A/B
Stacey Hallman

 Sampling refers to the selection of individuals and other units of analysis for research SAMPLING ERROR  Important to appreciate that the possibility of sampling error can never be completely eliminated  Probability sampling stands better chance than non=probability sampling of minimizing sampling error  Probability sampling allows you to employ test of statistical significance that will permit you to make inference about the population selected TYPES OF PROBABILITY SAMPLE SIMPLE RANDOM SAMPLE o Most basic form of probability sample o Key steps in devising a simple random sample:  Define population (N)  Select or devise a comprehensive sampling frame  Decide on the sample size (n)  List all the students in the population and assign them consecutive numbers from 1 to N  Using a table of random numbers or com
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