After reading “Sampling Frame” from our textbook in chapter 14 and looking at peer-reviewed journals, discuss the following questions:
What is a sampling frame?
What are the differences between the sampling frame and population?
Week 6 Discussion: Sampling Frame
Sampling Frame: The sampling frame is the content of information from where we can get the samples or the sample is drawn from the sampling frame. The sampling frame is used to get information on the sample population for statistical use. There are many numerical identifiers included in the statistical frame with other identifying information.
The total set of pieces of information that can be observed and taken into account for statistical purposes. For example, if we consider the rank of all cricketers in the world, then the population is the set of ranks of the cricketers in the world. Therefore, the sampling frame is the set of observations in the population we want to study.
Difference between sampling frame and population:
If we consider the term of the population then it is the general term whereas the sampling frame is in the population.
The population is the individual object or the entire group that we want to know about. The sampling frame is the list of samples contains from where the samples are obtained. The population is the aggregate of all elements whereas the samples are selected from the population where the selective respondents are known as the sampling.
In order to sum up it can be said that the population is the general thing in aggregate where it includes all the elements and the sample frame includes the specific things.
The sampling frame is used for statistical analysis, the population is general in the target group of study (Keyes et al. 2018).
Keyes, K. M., Rutherford, C., Popham, F., Martins, S. S., & Gray, L. (2018). How healthy are survey respondents compared with the general population? Epidemiology, 29(2), 299-307.