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 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, "Sen. David Perdue’s suspicious stock success shows why members of Congress shouldn’t be allowed to trade individual stocks," 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, "Portland Commissioner Position 4 candidates explain why they deserve your vote," 26 Apr. 2020 Are there other ways we can be biased by seeing only a select subsample of the data? Katy Milkman, Scientific American, "The Perils of “Survivorship Bias”," 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, "New poll: Trump trails Biden in Wisconsin by four points," 16 Jan. 2020 Results from the full sample have a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points; the error margin is 12 points among the subsample of 124 electric scooter riders. Emily Guskin, Washington Post, "Nearly 1 in 6 D.C. residents ride e-scooters, according to Post-Schar School poll," 7 June 2019 The subsample of 532 likely Democratic primary voters carried a six-point error margin. Scott Clement, Washington Post, "Six takeaways from the latest polls in the Maryland governor’s race," 11 June 2018 So a Hispanic subsample could be too old and male, but in exchange, some other part of the electorate is too young and female. Nate Cohn, New York Times, "The Savvy Person’s Guide to Reading the Latest Polls," 12 Oct. 2016 Despite the diversity rhetoric, the main patterns in this subsample were similar to those observed across all job ads. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Minorities Who ‘Whiten’ Résumés More Likely to Get Interview," 19 May 2017

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1884, in the meaning defined above


1870, in the meaning defined above

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