Handbook on Census Management for Population and Housing Censuses

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This Handbook reflects current practices in census management and provides concrete examples of census processes used in developed and developing countries. It presents an extensive coverage of techniques that can be used for quality assurance in every phase of the census cycle. The publication provides guidance on how to develop a structure able to effectively manage the census planning and operational processes; to plan all the processes that need to be considered in establishing a census; and to design control and monitoring processes. It is an ideal reference document on management aspects of conducting a population and housing census for national statistical offices, census and survey statisticians, social scientists and demographers, and international organizations involved in population activities.



Editing applications

The present chapter provides a general overview of the applications for the editing and imputation process. It provides a framework for the general flow of the census or survey edit, from raw scanned or keyed data, through structure editing and content editing, to providing an edited dataset. Examples have been selected to illustrate which kinds of problems unedited data may present for users and why edited data are more useful. The chapter considers issues of keying and coding as related to the preliminary editing process. The chapter also considers general issues in computer editing along with guidelines on topics such as checking for validity and consistency. The two generic types of computer editing, entailing static imputation (cold deck) and dynamic imputation (hot deck) techniques, are reviewed in detail.


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