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  Selection of a sample that is not a simple random sample   is one of the main sources of bias in experiments. Bias  can be defined as a systematic tendency to misrepresent the population. So, if the ANN   recogniser  is intended to be used by all members of the population, you cannot select an unbiased sample of speakers from a sample of people recorded just between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. This would exclude people who are at work; so, if you do this, the result is a biased sample  which is not necessarily representative of the target population.

If you take a sample, how sure can you be that if you measure variables such as the mean of the sample is close to the mean of the population? This sort of problem is termed estimation and is considered in the following subsections.  

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