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The SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods

Michael S. Lewis-Beck & Alan Bryman & Tim Futing Liao

Pub. date: 2004 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412950589

Print ISBN: 9780761923633 | Online ISBN: 9781412950589

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Sampling Frame

Douglas B. Currivan

A sampling frame is a list or other device used to define a researcher's population of interest. The sampling frame defines a set of elements from which a researcher can select a sample of the target population. Because a researcher rarely has direct access to the entire population of interest in social science research, a researcher must rely upon a sampling frame to represent all of the elements of the population of interest. Generally, sampling frames can be divided into two types, list and nonlist. Examples of list frames include a list of registered voters in a town, residents listed in a local telephone directory, or a roster of students enrolled in a course. Examples of ...

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