sample space


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The latter two are now the oldest and youngest humans to sample space travel. Steven Levy, Wired, 20 July 2021

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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 4 Dec. 2022.

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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