Definition: Representativeness

Category: Agriculture statistics

The measured value of an indicator, based on an appropriately selected sample, must be close to that which would be obtained by measuring it for the entire population.  This quality is a factor in the indicator's relevance, insofar as the definition of the observed population properly represents the total population.
Commission and Council strategy on Agri-Environmental indicators in agriculture, Doc. ESTAT/LAND/44, p.8