Statistical Policy Working Paper 4. Glossary of Nonsampling Error Terms: An Illustration of a Semantic Problem in Statistics
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Statistical Policy Working Paper 4. Glossary of Nonsampling Error Terms: An Illustration of a Semantic Problem in Statistics

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      This glossary has been prepared for the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology by the Subcommittee on Nonsampling Errors. During subcommittee meetings it became obvious that the terminology on nonsampling errors left something to be desired. Consequently, the subcommittee decided to develop this glossary. A search of current literature for acceptable definitions highlighted the prevailing problem instead of providing a solution to it. Prior to examining the contents of. this glossary, it is important to understand what the purpose of the glossary is and what it is not. The purpose of the glossary is to highlight a semantic problem represented by the fact that: (1.) The same term is sometimes used with different meanings; and (2.) The same phenomenon is sometimes called by more than one term. The glossary contributes towards the task of developing a standardized terminology. However, it is beyond the scope of the present Subcommittee on Nonsampling Errors to pursue a task of this magnitude. This glossary is not intended to be used as a dictionary for nonsampling error terms. The authors did not conduct an exhaustive search of the literature, nor did they attempt to select or specify a preferred definition for any term.
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