The editing of statistical data: methods and techniques for the efficient detection and correction of errors and missing values

In order to produce official statistics of sufficient quality, statistical institutes carry out an extensive process of checking and correcting the data that they collect. This process is called statistical data editing. In this article, we give a brief overview of current data editing methodology. In particular, we discuss the application of selective and automatic editing procedures to improve the efficiency and timeliness of the data editing process.