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NON-PROBABILITY (NON-RANDOM) SAMPLING

Julia Davidson

Forms of sampling that do not adhere to probability methods. Probability methods choose samples using random selection and every member of the population has an equal chance of selection. Some types of nonrandom sampling still aim to achieve a degree of representativeness without using random methods. Several different techniques are associated with this approach, for example accidental or convenience sampling; snowball sampling; volunteer sampling; quota sampling, and theoretical sampling. Convenience samples are also known as accidental or opportunity samples. The problem with all of these types of samples is that there is no evidence that they are representative of the populations to which the researchers wish to generalize. This approach is often used when the researcher must make use of available respondents or where no ...

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