quota sample

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quota sample

A cohort of research subjects selected because a certain percentage of them has a desired characteristic.
See also: sample
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A stratified quota sample (N=180) was classified into 18 categories based on age, gender, and socio-economic status level (SES).
Quota samples are frowned upon by the purists, but if properly designed and executed they are the most practical basis for conducting polls and have a good track record.
Had Kline been better informed about sampling matters, he would have underlined the difference between quota samples and carefully drawn random (or stratified random) samples.
Most significantly, the CES survey has been based on a quota sample since its inception, which predated the introduction of probability sampling as the internationally recognized standard for sample surveys.