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  • What are Statistics?

    How can statistics help us? A statistic is a value that has been produced from a data collection, such as a summary measure, an estimate or projection. Statistical information is data that has been organised to serve a useful purpose. Statistics is ... continue reading »

  • What are data?

    Data are measurements or observations that are collected as a source of information. There are a variety of different types of data, and different ways to represent data. The number of people in Timor-Leste, the countries where people were born, numb ... continue reading »

  • What is a population?

    population is any complete group with at least one characteristic in common. Populations are not just people. Populations may consist of, but are not limited to, people, animals, businesses, buildings, motor vehicles, farms, objects or events. Why d ... continue reading »

  • Census and Sample

    How do we study a population?  A population may be studied using one of two approaches: taking a census, or selecting a sample. It is important to note that whether a census or a sample is used, both provide information that can be used to draw conc ... continue reading »

  • What is Metadata?

    Metadata is the information that defines and describes data. It is often referred to as data about data or information about data because it provides data users with information about the purpose, processes, and methods involved in the data collectio ... continue reading »

  • What are Variables?

    A variable is any characteristics, number, or quantity that can be measured or counted. A variable may also be called a data item. Age, sex, business income and expenses, country of birth, capital expenditure, class grades, eye colour and vehicle typ ... continue reading »

  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data

    What are quantitative and qualitative data? Quantitative data are measures of values or counts and are expressed as numbers. Quantitative data are data about numeric variables (e.g. how many; how much; or how often). Qualitative data are measures of ... continue reading »

  • Confidentiality

    What is confidentiality?  Confidentiality refers to the obligation of organisations that collect information to ensure that no person or organisation is likely to be identified from any data released. Why is confidentiality necessary? Organisations ... continue reading »

  • Data Sources

    How will the data be sourced? Data can be sourced directly or indirectly. Direct methods of data collection involve collecting new data for a specific study. This type of data is known as primary data. Indirect methods of data collection involve sour ... continue reading »

  • SitAN

    Situation Analysis of Children  (SitAN) in Timor- Leste Timor-Leste has changed dramatically. Since its independence of merely a decade ago, it has moved from a post-conflict country to a lower middle income developing country. As the country experi ... continue reading »