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The accuracy 1 of population statistics will depend among other factors on the completeness 2 of the operation on which they are based. Inaccuracies may be due to omission 3, under-registration 3 or under-enumera-tion 3, to multiple counting 4 or over-registration 4, to misreporting 5 of a characteristic such as age, or to tabulating errors 6. Such inaccuracies are sometimes detected by post-enumeration tests 7 or quality checks 7. Occasionally certain questions are not answered or insufficiently answered and this may lead to considerable inaccuracy, the incidence of which is indicated by the frequency of the class (130-9) designated as not stated 8 or unknown 8.
- 1. accuracy n. — accurate adj.
- 2. completeness n. — complete adj.
The terms "complete" and "completeness" are used here to express the absence of omissions, under-registration etc. The same terms were also used (202-4*) as opposed to sampling procedures.
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