A modeling approach for uncertainty assessment of register-based small area statistics

Zhang, Li-Chun and Fosen, J. (2012) A modeling approach for uncertainty assessment of register-based small area statistics [in special issue: Small Area Estimation] Journal of the Indian Society of Agricultural Statistics, 66, pp. 91-104.


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Statistical registers have great potentials when it comes to producing statistics at detailed spatial-demographic levels. However, population totals based on statistical registers are subjected to random variations that exist in the target population as well as errors that are associated with the registration (or measurement) process. While the former counts for heterogeneity across the areas (or domains), i.e. genuine signals of interest, the latter ones are merely noises in measurement. We propose a model-based sensitivity analysis approach, which allows us to distinguish between the different sources of randomness in the data, by which means the strength of the signals can be assessed against the noises. The data from the Norwegian Employer/Employee register are used to demonstrate the existence of measurement noises in administrative data sources, and to illustrate the proposed approach. We believe that both the conceptualization of the random nature of the register data and the sensitivity analysis approach can be useful for assessing detailed statistics produced from statistical registers on various subjects.

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ISSNs: 0019-6363 (print)
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Organisations: Statistical Sciences Research Institute
ePrint ID: 345155
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Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2012 16:57
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 16:23
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/345155

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