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STATISTICAL CONCEPT

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Definition:
A statistical concept is a statistical characteristic of a time series or an observation.

Context:
In SDMX, "Concepts and Definitions" refer to the internationally accepted statistical standards, guidelines, or good practices on which the concepts and definitions that are used for compiling the statistics are based. It also refers to the description of deviations of the concepts and definitions from accepted statistical standards, guidelines, or good practices, when relevant. This should define the statistical concept under measure and the organisation of data, i.e. the type of variables included in the domain of study

Each statistical concept is either coded or uncoded. A coded statistical concept takes values from a code list of valid values. For example, a coded statistical concept called "reporting country" might be created, taking its values from the ISO list of country codes. A code list may supply the values of more than one statistical concept. An uncoded statistical concept takes its values as free form text (e.g. time series title).

Source Publication:
European Central Bank (ECB), Bank for International Settlement (BIS), Eurostat, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), "GESMES/TS User Guide", Release 3.00, February, 2003; unpublished on paper.

Cross References:
Attribute
Characteristic
Code list
Concept
Dimension
GESMES TS
International statistical standard
Key family
Key structure
Observation
Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX)
Structural definition
Time series

Hyperlink:
http://www.ecb.int/home/html/index.en.html

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Glossary Output Segments:
SDMX

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Tuesday, June 11, 2013