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a practice of mating in which any egg has an equal opportunity of being fertilized by any sperm; thus the chance of one genotype at a particular locus combining with another genotype at that locus is random.
Etymology: ME, randoun, run violently, gemate
a pairing of subjects when each individual has an equal chance of mating with those of other genetic backgrounds.
ran·dom mat·ing(ran'dŏm māt'ing)
A practice of mating in a population in which at some specified locus mating patterns occur with expected frequencies predicted by the product of the frequencies of the genotypes in the population.
panmixisthe selection of mates by chance so that the choice of a partner is not influenced by the genotypes under study. For example, it is normal for human beings to display random mating with respect to the ABO BLOOD GROUP, but ASSORTATIVE MATING with respect to other genetically controlled characteristics, such as body shape.
unplanned, without direction or purpose.
where each member of the population has an equal opportunity of mating with every member of the opposite sex.
a list of numbers obtained by a standard randomization procedure; used commonly to select individual animals from a pack.
see random sample.
a procedure for selecting units from a group in such a way that each unit has an equal chance of being selected in the sample.
selection in such a way as to produce a random sample.
a group or quantity that takes various values, each with varying probabilities.