Statistical challenges of administrative and transaction data by David J. Hand (page 588)

Jan van den Brakel, David J. Hand*

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Administrative data are becoming increasingly important. They are typically the side effect of some operational exercise and are often seen as having significant advantages over alternative sources of data. Although it is true that such data have merits, statisticians should approach the analysis of such data with the same cautious and critical eye as they approach the analysis of data from any other source. The paper identifies some statistical challenges, with the aim of stimulating debate about and improving the analysis of administrative data, and encouraging methodology researchers to explore some of the important statistical problems which arise with such data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)555-605
JournalJournal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A-Statistics in Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018


  • 'Big data'
  • Data quality
  • Management data
  • Operational data
  • Repurposed data

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