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SURVEY

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Definition:
A survey is an investigation about the characteristics of a given population by means of collecting data from a sample of that population and estimating their characteristics through the systematic use of statistical methodology.

Context:
The term survey covers any activity that collects or acquires statistical data. Included are censuses, sample surveys, the collection of data from administrative records and derived statistical activities (Statistics Canada, "Statistics Canada Quality Guidelines", 3rd edition, October 1998, page 7).

Source Publication:
Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations (UNECE), "Terminology on Statistical Metadata", Conference of European Statisticians Statistical Standards and Studies, No. 53, Geneva, 2000.

Cross References:
Cut-off survey
Data collection
Non-response
Processing errors
Questionnaire
Reporting unit
Sample survey
Schedule
Survey design

Hyperlink:
http://www.unece.org/stats/publications/53metadaterminology.pdf

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Glossary Output Segments:
SDMX

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Tuesday, December 20, 2005