Representative Sample

Pronunciation: /ˌrɛp.rɪˈzɛn.tə.tɪv ˈsæm.pəl/ Explain

A representative sample is a sample of data believed to represent the entire population. If a sample is representative, it does represent the entire population, then the sample has the same characteristics as the population.

In statistics, it is important that a sample of data be representative. If a sample of data is representative, correct inferences can be drawn by analyzing the sample.


  1. McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, representative sample. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 155. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book

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