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SPECIFICATION ERRORS

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Definition:
Errors at the planning stage because:

(i) data specification is inadequate and inconsistent with respect to the objectives of the survey,

(ii) omission or duplication of units, incomplete units or faulty enumeration methods; and

(iii) inaccurate or inappropriate methods of interview.

Source Publication:
Statistical Policy Working Paper 4 - Glossary of Nonsampling Error Terms: An Illustration of a Semantic Problem in Statistics, United States Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology, 1978.

Hyperlink:
http://www.fcsm.gov/working-papers/sw4.html

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Created on Friday, July 26, 2002

Last updated on Thursday, March 13, 2003