sampling has definitions from the fields of statistics,telecommunications,mathematics
[ noun ] (statistics) the selection of a suitable sample for study

Used in print

(LeRoy Fothergill, "Biological Warfare", in Peter...)

Much information has been gathered relative to quantitative sampling and assessment techniques .

This material fluoresces under ultraviolet_light which facilitates its sampling and assessment .

This suggests that the sampling period , particularly at the more distant locations , should have been increased .

[ noun ] (mathematics,statistics) items selected from a population and used to test hypotheses about the population
[ noun ] (telecommunications) measurement at regular intervals of the amplitude of a varying waveform (in order to convert it to digital form)