Survey

DEFINITION 1: An investigation about the characteristics of a given population by means of collecting data from a sample of that population and estimating their characteristics through the systematic use of statistical methodology.

CONTEXT: Included are:
- Censuses, which attempt to collect data from all members of a population;
-  sample surveys,  in which data are collected from a (usually random) sample of population members.
Surveys can be unique in time or repeated with regular or irregular periodicity. A single wave of a repeated survey is called survey instance. A wider definition under which the term survey covers any activity that collects or acquires statistical data (including censuses, sample surveys, the collection of data from administrative records and derived statistical activities) has also been proposed.

SOURCE: A Glossary of Statistical Terms, OECD, 2007.

HYPERLINK: http://stats.oecd.org/glossary/download.asp

 

DEFINITION 2: A survey is an investigation about the characteristics of a given population by means of collecting data from a sample of that population and estimating their characteristics through the systematic use of statistical methodology.
 

SOURCE: UNECE(2000), Terminology on Statistical Metadata, Conference of European Statisticians Statistical Standards and Studies, No. 53, Geneva.
 

HYPERLINK:  https://stats.oecd.org/glossary/detail.asp?ID=2620

RELATED TERMS: data collection

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