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CATEGORY

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French Equivalent: Catégorie

Definition:
Generic term for items at any level within a classification, typically tabulation categories, sections, subsections, divisions, subdivisions, groups, subgroups, classes and subclasses.

Context:
A homogeneous class or group of a population of objects or measurements. The category may be styled after one of the finite characteristics of the population or according to the limits of measurement for which observations are to be allocated to that category of frequency group. For example, people may be categorised according to Sex (Male or Female) or Age next birthday (1-5 years; 6-10; 11-15; 16-20; and so on).

A Dictionary of Statistical Terms, 5th edition, prepared for the International Statistical Institute by F.H.C. Marriott. Published for the International Statistical Institute by Longman Scientific and Technical

Classification categories are usually identified by codes (alphabetical or numerical) which provide both a unique identifier for each category and denote their place within the hierarchy. They contain elements which are subsets of the classification to which they belong, such as activities, products, types of occupations, types of education, etc.

Source Publication:
United Nations Glossary of Classification Terms; prepared by the Expert Group on International Economic and Social Classifications, unpublished on paper.

Cross References:
Category scheme

Hyperlink:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/class/family/glossary_short.asp

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Glossary Output Segments:
SDMX

Created on Sunday, May 19, 2002

Last updated on Thursday, April 04, 2013