Using a sample of people who happen to be handy or easy to survey. May be OK in preliminary research, but not guaranteed to be representative of the population. Cf. random and purposive samples.
A sample for which cases are selected only on the basis of feasibility or ease of data collection. This type of sample is rarely useful in evaluation and is usually hazardous.
A type of non-probability sample in which the respondents have been selected because they are convenient for the researcher.
A non-random sample chosen by taking a sample that is easiest to take.
a research term used to denote groups of respondents (or testers) who were not gathered in any statistically representative manner
a sample that consists of the units that are most readily accessible to the investigator or data collector
a sample that is available to the researcher and one that agrees to participate in the study
A nonprobability sample of individuals who just happen to be where the study is being conducted when it is being conducted. For example, a library could interview people exiting the library asking, 'Were you satisfied with the materials and services, if not why?'
non-probability sample that is determined by selecting subjects that are readily accessible (convenient) to the researcher, (examples in studies of Colorado College students might include going to an organizational meeting or hanging out outside of Rastall and asking students exiting the lunchroom to take a survey).
Individuals or groups selected at the convenience of the investigator or primarily because they were available at a convenient time or place.