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Registration Numbers in Norway: Some Applied Number Theory and Psychology

Ernst S. Selmer
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series A (General)
Vol. 130, No. 2 (1967), pp. 225-231
Published by: Wiley for the Royal Statistical Society
DOI: 10.2307/2343402
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2343402
Page Count: 7
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Abstract

The allocation of registration numbers to the whole population of Norway is an interesting attempt to regulate the keeping of central statistics and to provide a running register of basic factors of the population. It is an experiment which must be looked at with considerable interest by those concerned with the combination of demographic and similar data. This paper by Professor Selmer raises a number of interesting points about the kinds of errors which may enter into the use of such a system, both errors of punching and, more commonly, errors derived from wrong information from the public. Professor Selmer deals with a number of psychological curiosities which lead to incorrect information being fed into the system.

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