official statistics

official statistics

any data collected and published by government departments. Such data have varied reliability and utility Although many of these data can be highly valuable to the sociologist, e.g. those presented in the CENSUS, GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY and EXPENDITURE SURVEY, major debates exist concerning the limitations of official statistics (e.g. CRIME STATISTICS). The way in which statistics are collected, e.g. as a by-product of the work of administrative agencies, sometimes by a large number of untrained recorders, can lead to major inconsistencies, unreliability and uncertainties about the meaning and worth of data. Also, statistics may possess positive or negative implications for the agencies and individuals that collect them, which can affect what is recorded. Finally statistics are always collected for some purpose, which will usually be different from that of the sociological researcher; above all, they are the result of a process of categorization and the attachment of numbers which involves inherent difficulties of the kind identified particularly by ethnomethodologists (see CICOUREL, 1964). A classic example of the issues that can arise is the debate concerning DURKHEIM's use of Suicide statistics (see Douglas, 1967). see also MEASUREMENT BY FIAT.
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Money income of the population of Kyrgyzstan in the first quarter of 2019 amounted to 108,025,600,000 soms growing by 13.6% year on year, according to the official statistics.
Official statistics are an indispensable element of the information system of democratic societies, serving governments, economies and the public with data that can help them understand and make decisions about the economy, the population, society and the environment.
Summary: New Delhi [India], June 10 (ANI): The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation said on Monday it is proposing to establish a National Data Warehouse on Official Statistics which will leverage technology and use big data analytical tools to improve the quality of macro-economic aggregates.
THE EUROZONE economy achieved faster-than-expected growth in the first quarter of the year, marking a pick-up from its recent lacklustre performance, official statistics revealed yesterday.
The number of homicides in England and Wales hit their highest level in a decade, official statistics showed on Thursday, as authorities struggle to halt a surge in fatal stabbings.
'Official statistics are important in providing direction and guidance to all thematic areas of the economy in supporting national and international agenda such as the NDP11, Vision 2036 and Africa Agenda 2063 among others.
MIGRANT populations of many British towns may be thousands higher or lower than official statistics indicate, according to a report.
In a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary, in Abuja, the PDP therefore condemned in totality, what it described as 'the brazen attempt to manipulate official statistics in favour of Buhari's administration,' saying that 'it is a new low in the APC-led government's established culture of deceit, falsehood and criminal subterfuge, in its desperation to hang on to power.'
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