sample

sample
1) A small group of items selected from a larger group to represent the characteristics of the larger group. Samples are often used in auditing because it is not feasible to inspect all the available documentation; however, conclusions drawn from a sample always contain a sampling error and must be used with caution. The larger the sample, in general, the more accurate will be the conclusions drawn from it. In quota sampling the composition of the sample reflects the known structure of the whole population. An alternative sampling procedure is random sampling, which ensures that every item in a particular population has an equal chance of selection. Auditors often make use of the form of random sampling known as cluster sampling.
2) A small quantity of a commodity, etc., selected to represent the bulk of a quantity of goods.
3) A small quantity of a product, given to potential buyers to enable them to test its suitability for their purposes.

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