sub·​sam·​ple | \ ˈsəb-ˌsam-pəl How to pronounce subsample (audio) , ˌsəb-ˈsam- \
subsampled; subsampling; subsamples

Definition of subsample

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to draw samples from (a previously selected group or population) : sample a sample of



Definition of subsample (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sample or specimen obtained by subsampling

Examples of subsample in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The picture is murkier here, especially in the smaller subsample of Mormon respondents who were asked a battery of additional questions about their faith. The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Dec. 2021 This edge shrinks to just 52% to 47%, well within the subsample's margin of error. Harry Enten, CNN, 10 Dec. 2021 Questions based on the subsample of 658 likely voters in the 2024 presidential election have a maximum margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points. Brianne Pfannenstiel, USA TODAY, 13 Nov. 2021 The margin of error for the national issue subsample, or the results from questions about specific issues, is plus or minus 1.1 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level. NBC News, 23 Mar. 2021 For that subsample of stocks, $1 invested in January 2015 would have doubled by April 2020, while the market grew by about 50% over that time period. Francis Cong, Fortune, 17 Dec. 2020 Multiple alternatives from the working groups would be offered as alternatives for approval voting at a primary election sent to a statistical subsample of voters. oregonlive, 26 Apr. 2020 Are there other ways we can be biased by seeing only a select subsample of the data? Katy Milkman, Scientific American, 11 Feb. 2020 However, the Democratic subsample that gauged the horse race for the Democratic nomination in Wisconsin had a less reliable margin of error of 6.3 percentage points. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, 16 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of subsample


1884, in the meaning defined above


1870, in the meaning defined above

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“Subsample.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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