Samples and populations, estimates and parameters

  • Pierre Jolicoeur


The words sample and population have different and more restricted meanings in statistics and in biometry than in common everyday language. In statistics, a population (also called a universe)is a set of beings (or the set of qualitative or quantitative observations which can be made on those beings) about which information is desired and which is studied through a subset, called a sample, drawn from it at random, that is in as impartial (unbiased) a manner as possible.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre Jolicoeur
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  1. 1.Department of Biological ScienceUniversity of MontrealMontrealCanada

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