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sample

  1. part of a total population that can be analysed to make inferences about the whole population (see SAMPLING).
  2. a small amount of raw material or finished product whose quality or performance can be tested as a guide to the quality or performance of a whole batch of material or product (see QUALITY CONTROL, ACCEPTANCE SAMPLING).
  3. a small trial pack of a product or brand which is used to encourage buyers to try it out (see SALES PROMOTION).
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The revenue procedure requires taxpayers to estimate the amount that moves from a 50-percent limitation to 100-percent deductible excluding strata where 80 percent or more of the population was sampled and use that in the denominator of the calculation of relative precision, even though these strata are part of the sample and the sampled items in them are reviewed.
When such an element is sampled, the derivative sample is automatically linked as a trackback to the content master.
This makes it a suitable matrix to be sampled in a large and easily identified population, albeit a selected population of women of reproductive age who are lactating.
The accuracy of what is learned depends on how similar the whole is throughout, how big the sampled portion, and how well it is spread throughout the population.
Steps 2 and 3 are decision diamonds that ask you to determine if the sand can be sampled while in free fall; or if the sand is bagged.
The cumulative length of the geology sampled at any one location ranged from 1.
These parameters were used to determine whether the water sampled was actually impacted by the foundry landfill.