DEFINITION of 'Attribute Sampling'
A mathematical process used to analyze the characteristics of a given population of subjects. For example, a sampling of returns on an index or security can provide insight into how the subject performs under various market conditions.
INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Attribute Sampling'
An attribute is defined as a specific characteristic or feature of a given subject. In the world of finance, attribute sampling could reveal how many mortgages are past due and how many are current. The attribute in this case would obviously be status of the mortgage payments. However, attribute samplings may be more complex in nature, examining several different variables.
RELATED TERMS

Systematic Sampling
A type of probability sampling method in which sample members ... 
Financial Statements
Records that outline the financial activities of a business, ... 
Financial Accounting
The process of recording, summarizing and reporting the myriad ... 
Actuary
A professional statistician working for an insurance company. ... 
Account
1. An arrangement by which an organization accepts a customer's ... 
Certified Public Accountant  CPA
A designation given by the American Institute of Certified Public ...
RELATED FAQS

How are contingent liabilities reflected on a balance sheet
Contingent liabilities need to pass two thresholds before they can be reported in the financial statements. First, it must ... Read Full Answer >> 
How do businesses determine if an asset may be impaired?
In the United States, assets are considered impaired when net carrying value (book value) exceeds expected future cash flows. ... Read Full Answer >> 
What is the difference between a simple random sample and a stratified random sample?
Simple random samples and stratified random samples differ in how the sample is drawn from the overall population of data. ... Read Full Answer >> 
What are the advantages and disadvantages of using systematic sampling?
As a statistical sampling method, systematic sampling is simpler and more straightforward than random sampling. It can also ... Read Full Answer >> 
How can I set up an accrual accounting system for a small business?
First, determine whether accrual accounting makes the most sense practically and financially. If the small business is also ... Read Full Answer >> 
Why is work in progress (WIP) considered a current asset in accounting?
Accountants consider work in progress (WIP) to be a current asset because it is a type of inventory asset. Accountants consider ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles

Fundamental Analysis
Find The Right Fit With Probability Distributions
Discover a few of the most popular probability distributions and how to calculate them. 
Active Trading Fundamentals
Bet Smarter With The Monte Carlo Simulation
This technique can reduce uncertainty in estimating future outcomes. 
Fundamental Analysis
Monte Carlo Simulation With GBM
Learn to predict future events through a series of random trials. 
Investing
Operating Leverage Captures Relationships
Find out how fixed and variable costs interact to shed new light on old companies. 
Economics
What Is Supply?
Supply is the amount of goods a producer is willing to produce at a given price, and is one of the most basic concepts in economics. 
Economics
Modified Internal Rate of Return (MIRR)
Modified internal rate of return (MIRR) is a variant of the more traditional internal rate of return calculation. 
Fundamental Analysis
What is Quantitative Analysis?
Quantitative analysis refers to the use of mathematical computations to analyze markets and investments. 
Economics
Explaining Residual Value
Residual value is a measurement of how much a fixed asset is worth at the end of its lease, or at the end of its useful life. 
Fundamental Analysis
Understanding the Simple Random Sample
A simple random sample is a subset of a statistical population in which each member of the subset has an equal probability of being chosen. 
Economics
What is Systematic Sampling?
Systematic sampling is similar to random sampling, but it uses a pattern for the selection of the sample.