Post-Survey Adjustments

Post-survey adjustments refer to a series of statistical adjustments applied to survey data prior to data analysis and dissemination. Although no universal definition exits, post-survey adjustments typically include data editing, missing data imputation, weighting adjustments, and disclosure limitation procedures.

Data Editing

Data editing may be defined as procedures for detecting and correcting errors in so-called raw survey data. Data editing may occur during data collection if the interviewer identifies obvious errors in the survey responses. As a component of post-survey adjustments, data editing involves more elaborate, systematic, and automated statistical checks performed by computers. Survey organizations and government statistical agencies may maintain special statistical software to implement data editing procedures.

Data editing begins by specifying a set of editing rules for a given editing task. An editing program ...

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