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Population

In statistics, population refers to the total set of observations that can be made.

For example, if we are studying the weight of adult women, the population is the set of weights of all the women in the world. If we are studying the grade point average (GPA) of students at Harvard, the population is the set of GPA's of all the students at Harvard.

See also:   Populations and Samples | Simple Random Sampling