Systematic sampling is easier to do than simple random sampling. The tradeoff is that it is less unbiased because it reduces the chance that certain individuals in the population will be selected. In systematic sampling, every kth name on the list is chosen. (kth is a shorthand used by researchers where k stands for any number you want to put in its place). To find k, all you have to do is divide the number of people in the population by the sample size you want to obtain. To add an element of randomness to the process, most researchers will choose a starting point at random.
Last Modified: 06/29/2018