sample space


: a set in which all of the possible outcomes of a statistical experiment are represented as points

Examples of sample space in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Part of the problem here is that for various reasons that the sample space of researchers engaging in this sort of consilience is small, and restricted to particular scientific subcultures (e.g., evolutionary psychologists, the group of anthropologists around Robert Boyd, etc.). Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 30 Mar. 2013 The autocatalytic process does not operate across the full sample space to the same extent. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 10 Aug. 2012

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sample space was in 1951

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“Sample space.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

sample space

: the set of all the possible results of a statistical experiment
if you flip a coin once, the sample space is {heads, tails}

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