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DISAGGREGATION

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Definition:
Disaggregation is the breakdown of observations, usually within a common branch of a hierarchy, to a more detailed level to that at which detailed observations are taken.

Context:
With standard hierarchical classifications, statistics for related categories can be grouped or collated (aggregated) to provide a broader picture, or categories can be split (disaggregated) when finer details are required and made possible by the codes given to primary observations ("United Nations Glossary of Classification Terms"; prepared by the Expert Group on International Economic and Social Classifications).

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Glossary of Classification Terms"; prepared by the Expert Group on International Economic and Social Classifications; unpublished on paper.

Cross References:
Aggregation
Aggregation/disaggregation
Compilation practices
Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS)

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

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Glossary Output Segments:
SDMX

Created on Thursday, July 18, 2002

Last updated on Thursday, January 29, 2004