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COHERENCE

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French Equivalent: Cohérence

Definition:
Coherence of statistics is their adequacy to be reliably combined in different ways and for various uses.

Context:
Coherence of data and information reflects the degree to which the data and information from a single statistical program, and data brought together across data sets or statistical programs, are logically connected and complete. Fully coherent data are logically consistent – internally, over time, and across products and programs. Where applicable, the concepts and target populations used or presented are logically distinguishable from similar, but not identical, concepts and target populations of other statistical programs, or from commonly used notions or terminology. (Statistics Canada Quality Guidelines, 3rd edition, October 1998, page 5)

Coherence is the sixth quality component in the Eurostat definition.

Source Publication:
Eurostat, “Assessment of Quality in Statistics: Glossary”, Working Group, Luxembourg, October 2003.

Cross References:
Comparability
Data confrontation
Quality – Eurostat
Quality – IMF
Quality - ISO
Quality - OECD
Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX)

Statistical Theme: Quality, statistical

Glossary Output Segments:
SDMX

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Wednesday, April 10, 2013