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what is random sampling

This method gives every member of the target group an equal chance of being selected for the sample (e.g. by assigning a number to each member, and then selecting from the pool at using a random number generator).


random sampling weakness

It can be impractical (or not possible) to use a completely random technique, e.g. the target group may be too large to assign numbers to.


random sampling strength

sample should represent the target population and eliminate sampling bias


stratified sampling

Here the sampler divides or 'stratifies' the target group into sections, each showing a key characteristic which should be present in the final sample.
Then each of those sections is sampled individually.
The sample thus created should contain members from each key characteristic in a proportion representative of the target population.


stratified sampling strength

highly representative of the target population and therefore we can generalize from the results obtained.


stratified sampling weakness

time consuming


opportunity sampling

Uses people from target population available at the time and willing to take part. It is based on convenience.


opportunity sampling weakness

The consequent sample may not be representative as it could be subject to bias


opportunity sampling strength

easy and inexpensive to carry out


systematic sampling strength

Assuming the list order has been randomised, this method offers an unbiased chance of gaining a representative sample.


systematic sampling

Chooses subjects in a systematic (i.e. orderly / logical) way from the target population, like every nth participant on a list of names.


systematic sampling weakness

If the list has been assembled in any other way, bias may be present. For example if every fourth person in the list was male, you would have only males in your sample.


volunteer sampling

Here the sample consists of people who have volunteered to be in the study.


volunteer sampling strength

This often achieves a large sample size through reaching a wide audience, for example with online advertisements.


volunteer sampling weakness

may be unrepresentative sample: those who respond to the call for volunteers may all display similar characteristic