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REFERENCE PERIOD

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French Equivalent: Période de référence

Definition:
In one sense, this is synonymous with base period. It may also refer to the length of time, e.g. week or year, for which data are collected.

Context:
Population, statistical units and variables relate to specific times, which may be limited to a reference time point (e.g. a specific day) or a reference period (e.g. a month, calendar year or fiscal year) (Eurostat, "Quality Glossary").

Source Publication:
The International Statistical Institute, “The Oxford Dictionary of Statistical Terms”, edited by Yadolah Dodge, Oxford University Press, 2003.

Cross References:
Base period
Compilation practices
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Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Glossary Output Segments:
SDMX

Created on Tuesday, November 20, 2001

Last updated on Tuesday, July 19, 2005