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STATISTICAL POPULATION

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Definition:
Population is the total membership or population or “universe” of a defined class of people, objects or events.

Context:
There are two types of population, viz, target population and survey population.

A target population is the population outlined in the survey objects about which information is to be sought and a survey population is the population from which information can be obtained in the survey.

The target population is also known as the scope of the survey and the survey population is also known as the coverage of the survey. For administrative records the corresponding populations are: the “target” population as defined by the relevant legislation and regulations, and the actual “client population". ("United Nations Glossary of Classification Terms" prepared by the Expert Group on International Economic and Social Classifications).

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Glossary of Classification Terms" prepared by the Expert Group on International Economic and Social Classifications; unpublished on paper.

Cross References:
Census
Coverage errors
Cut-off threshold
Scope
Stratification
Target population
True value

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

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Glossary Output Segments:
SDMX
MetaStore

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Tuesday, December 20, 2005