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

transitive verb

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


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: a sample or specimen obtained by subsampling

Examples of subsample in a Sentence

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The smaller subsamples have higher margins of error. Mark Murray, NBC News, 30 Oct. 2023 In a subsample of 215 people living in England, 45 percent reported travel to the Spanish mainland or the Balearic Islands. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 26 Oct. 2023 The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.41 percentage points, and the subsample had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.45 percentage points. Ryan King, Washington Examiner, 12 Apr. 2023 The survey of 1,023 adults, taken Feb. 24-27 through the Ipsos online panel, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points for the overall sample, 6.2 points for the subsamples of Republicans and Democrats. Sarah Elbeshbishi, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2023 Questions based on the subsample of 620 likely voters in the 2022 general election have a maximum margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points. Stephen Gruber-Miller, USA TODAY, 17 Oct. 2022 The survey also includes an oversample of people with children under 18 for a total subsample of 509 parents. Brenda Goodman, CNN, 6 Oct. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1884, in the meaning defined above


1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subsample was in 1870

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Cite this Entry

“Subsample.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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