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Stratified Sampling

Stratified sampling refers to a type of sampling method . With stratified sampling, the researcher divides the population into separate groups, called strata. Then, a probability sample (often a simple random sample ) is drawn from each group.

Stratified sampling has several advantages over simple random sampling. For example, using stratified sampling, it may be possible to reduce the sample size required to achieve a given precision. Or it may be possible to increase the precision with the same sample size.

See also:   Stratified Sampling | Analysis of Stratified Samples | Sample Size Within Strata | How to Choose the Best Sampling Method | Survey Sampling Methods