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random sampling

noun, Statistics.
a method of selecting a sample (random sample) from a statistical population in such a way that every possible sample that could be selected has a predetermined probability of being selected.
Origin of random sampling
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for random sample
  • We intuitively know that facts gathered over time are a better random sample than any snapshot.
  • In other words, the pool of applicants for teaching and priesthood jobs are not a truly random sample.
  • But they don't, they take a random sample of whales of all sizes because that is what you do when you are doing research.
  • Those who took the test in its early phase were volunteers rather than a random sample of undergraduates.
  • The survey asks a random sample of recently discharged patients about important aspects of their hospital experience.

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