Sociology Index

PROBABILITY SAMPLE

Probability sample in social science research is a sample drawn from a population using methods which ensure random selection. In Probability sample, each member of the population must have an equal probability of being drawn. A probability sample is a sample in which every unit in the population has a chance of being selected in the sample, and this probability can be accurately determined.

The combination of these traits makes it possible to produce unbiased estimates of population totals, by weighting sampled units according to their probability of selection. Nonprobability sampling is any sampling method where some elements of the population have no chance of selection, or where the probability of selection can't be accurately determined. It involves the selection of elements based on assumptions regarding the population of interest, which forms the criteria for selection.

Probability and sampling - J S Bulman & J F Osborn - British Dental Journal 166, 132 - 135 (1989). The concept of probability is introduced, and the role of probability distributions in statistical theory is discussed, with particular reference to the Normal distribution and its characteristics.

Probability Sample Designs that Impose Models on Survey Data - Stephen Woodruff.
Abstract: For a substantial class of sampling problems, the sample design and the characteristics of the population being sampled, not only provide the probabilities of selection but also impose a regression model on the sample data.
 

Survey non-response in a national area probability sample as a dimension of survey quality; an analysis of community characteristics - Kim, Jibum. and Sokolowski, John.
Abstract: Most area probability surveys collect little to no information about non-respondents. This paper aims to explore the community characteristics of survey non-respondents in a nation area probability survey. Data selected for use is obtained from the 2004 General Social Survey, an area probability sample of 6260 housing units.

Results from the survey are nationally representative of English speaking residents. We expect that wealthy and racially segregated areas are more likely to have high non-response rates. This paper examines community characteristics in relation to survey non-response and proposes ways to improve response rates among high non-response communities in national area probability sample surveys.