Consecutive sampling

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In the design of experiments, consecutive sampling, also known as total enumerative sampling,[1] is a sampling technique in which every subject meeting the criteria of inclusion is selected until the required sample size is achieved.[2][3] Along with convenience sampling and snowball sampling, consecutive sampling is one of the most commonly used kinds of nonprobability sampling.[4] Consecutive sampling is typically better than convenience sampling in controlling sampling bias.[5] Care needs to be taken with consecutive sampling, however, in the case that the quantity of interest has temporal or seasonal trends.[2] Bias can also occur in consecutive sampling when consecutive samples have some common similarity, such as consecutive houses on a street.[6]


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