Statistics and Probability Dictionary

Select a term from the dropdown text box. The online statistics glossary will display a definition, plus links to other related web pages.

Select term:       

Convenience Sample

A convenience sample is one of the main types of non-probability sampling methods. A convenience sample is made up of people who are easy to reach.

Consider the following example. A pollster interviews shoppers at a local mall. If the mall was chosen because it was a convenient site from which to solicit survey participants and/or because it was close to the pollster's home or business, this would be a convenience sample.

See also:   Survey Sampling Methods