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French Equivalent: Unité élémentaire

One of the individuals which, in the aggregate, compose a population: the smallest unit yielding information which, by suitable aggregation, leads to the population under investigation.

Cases occur where the term may be ambiguous; e.g. if an age distribution is to estimated from a sample of households then the person is the elementary unit; but if, at the same time, the size of household is to be estimated, the household is elementary unit.

Source Publication:
A Dictionary of Statistical Terms, 5th edition, prepared for the International Statistical Institute by F.H.C. Marriott. Published for the International Statistical Institute by Longman Scientific and Technical.

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Created on Sunday, May 19, 2002

Last updated on Monday, April 28, 2003