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French Equivalent: Période de référence

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.

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:
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Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

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Created on Tuesday, November 20, 2001

Last updated on Tuesday, July 19, 2005