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= Introduction =
 
= Introduction =
  
Ideally, when doing social scientific research we'd study the full population of interest. However, given the limited resources available to political scientists for research (for example, the annual budget for the political science research provided by the U.S. National Science Foundation is around $10 million<ref>{{cite web |author=Drezner, Daniel W. |title=Tom Coburn picks on political science. |url=http://drezner.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/10/07/tom_coburn_picks_on_political_science |accessdate=April 21, 2012| date=October 7, 2009}}</ref>), realistically large-scale research must make do with a subset of the population or a ''sample''. Careful sample design, however, is necessary to ensure that our sample will be representative of the population of interest.
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Ideally, when doing social scientific research we'd study the full population of interest. However, given the limited resources available to political scientists for research (for example, the annual budget for the political science research provided by the U.S. National Science Foundation is around $10 million,<ref>{{cite web |author=Drezner, Daniel W. |title=Tom Coburn picks on political science. |url=http://drezner.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/10/07/tom_coburn_picks_on_political_science |accessdate=April 21, 2012| date=October 7, 2009}}</ref> as well as practical considerations, realistically large-scale research must make do with a subset of the population or a ''sample''. Careful sample design, however, is necessary to ensure that our sample will be representative of the population of interest.
  
 
=Full population studies: the census=
 
=Full population studies: the census=

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