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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 results of the review of sampled records are then applied to the population from which the sample was selected to determine an adjustment amount.
Thus, cluster sampling is usually more efficient than simple random sampling when the population to be sampled is scattered over a wide area and considerable travel costs would be involved in drawing the simple random sample.
Much depends on the nature of the water that is being sampled. That is, whether it is subject to alteration with time or might react with a chemical method.
During the washing, the effluent from the ultrasonic drain tube is sampled with the tall-form 1000 ml beaker and observed.
For instance, if five cavities are sampled from a 32-cavity mold, there is an 83.3% probability that a cavity will not be included in the sample.
The basic premise of sampling theory states that when a signal f(t) of bandwidth [Beta] (Hz) is sampled at a rate of [f.sub.C,] which is greater than or equal to twice the signal bandwidth or 2[Beta], no information contained in the original signal is lost.
For tree topology support, we performed 1,000 bootstrapped neighbor-joining replicate trees under the ML substitution model described above and also generated posterior probabilities for each node by using Bayesian MCMC (Metropolis-Hastings Markov chain Monte Carlo) tree sampling (variable substitution rate by codon position, 4 chains of 2 x [10.sup.6] generations sampled every 100 generations, bum-in of 2,000, and convergence assessed at effective sample size [ESS] >400) implemented in MrBayes v.
It is difficult because the population tends to be highly variable, requiring a larger sample to drive the sampling variability to anywhere near 10 percent and it is expensive and intrusive to make a determination about the qualifying activity for each sampled project or employee, making it costly to achieve large samples.
In this issue, Shannon Atkinson, now at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and colleagues from the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology report for the first time the distribution of sampled steroidal (nonplant-derived) estrogens in coastal waters of tropical oceans [EHP 111:531-535].
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.
Bonilla and Milbrath sampled the air within 2 to 6 in.