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Population vs Sample
« on: October 26, 2013, 09:46:30 pm »
How do you distinguish between the population and the sample? Obviously the population doesn't have a number to it, but do you refer to the age group of those referred to in the sample? I.e. what would the population be for the following samples:
- Year 8 students at Mountain Hills College
- Year 11 students
- First year uni students
- adults who read the age


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Re: Population vs Sample
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2013, 10:02:46 pm »
Hey there,

Population is the larger group from which a sample is taken from. In fact, you can give a population a number. Population doesn't refer to everyone in a country or something alike, in psych it refers to a group of people with one or more characteristics in common. So, a population can be VCE students. They can be classified as a population as they all have at least one thing in common; that is, being a VCE student.

From the example above, a sample can be drawn. A sample is a subgroup of the population. So the sample drawn can be Year 12 psychology students (taken from all the VCE students- population).

Population > Sample

Year 8 students at Mountain Hills College : Population could be students at MHC
Year 11 students: Population could be VCE students
First year uni students: Population could be University students
Adults who read the age: Population could be everyone who reads the age

Hope this helps a bit! :)
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