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PROCESSING ERRORS

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Definition:
A processing error is the error in final survey results arising from the faulty implementation of correctly planned implementation methods.

Context:
Processing errors include all post-collection operations, as well as the printing of questionnaires. Most processing errors occur in data for individual units, although errors can also be introduced in the implementation of systems and estimates.

In survey data, for example, processing errors may include errors of transcription, errors of coding, errors of data entry and errors of arithmetic in tabulation (The International Statistical Institute, “The Oxford Dictionary of Statistical Terms”, edited by Yadolah Dodge, Oxford University Press, 2003).

Source Publication:
United States Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology, "Statistical Policy Working Paper 15: Quality in Establishment Surveys", Washington D.C., July 1988, page 79.

Cross References:
Data processing (DP)
Survey

Hyperlink:
http://www.fcsm.gov/working-papers/wp15.html

Statistical Theme: Quality, statistical

Glossary Output Segments:
SDMX

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Tuesday, December 20, 2005