Comment [about "Can a statistician deliver? by Platek and Särndal]
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Original versionJournal of Official Statistics, Vol.17, No.1, 2001. pp. 87–91
"Can a statistician deliver?" by Platek and Särndal is one of the important recent articles on the activities of national statistical institutes (NSIs). Their discussion covers many questions, including statistics disseminated by national statistical institutes, quality consepts associated with statistics, the categories of statisticians working in an NSI, their varying views on quality aspects, the users' assumed needs for information about the statistics they receive/use, design and process characteristics, and the total survey error model. Their main conclusions are: There is no consensus about the quality consept, a comprehensive theory of statistical surveys does not exist and is not in sight, and the statisticians do not deliver satisfactory information about the statistics.
The theme in the article by Platek and Särndal is quality in the statistics produced by National Statistical Agencies. Good survey methodology is important for realizing quality. Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.17, No.1, 2001. pp. 1–20 http://www.jos.nu/Articles/abstract.asp?article=17101