Big data and methodological challenges

15/07/2016 10:44
A discussion paparen on some of the major challenges for official statistics.
Some of the major challenges for official statistics are:

- Quality of National accounts, in particular the rate of growth of GNI
- Big data, in particular how to create representative estimates and how to make the most of big data when this is difficult or impossible
- Increasing timeliness of preliminary and final statistical estimates
- Statistical analysis, in particular of complex and coherent phenomena

We discuss these challenges and how methodological research may help to address these challenges. In particular we look at the contributions that may come from big data. We also look at what the best research strategy is for methodologists to follow in dealing with big data. The examples as well as the main points come from, or rely on, the methodological research program and the innovation program at Statistics Netherlands.