The ONS Working Paper Series is designed to provide a home for ONS staff to disseminate the wide range of methodological research work.

ONS working paper series

ONS working paper series no 17 - Using data science for the address matching service

Published 18 January 2019

The methodology of address matching process used in a highly accurate, reliable and scalable service providing geographical references.

ONS methodology working paper series number 16 - Synthetic data pilot

Published 15 January 2019

A pilot study investigating the demands and requirements for synthetic datasets, and exploring possible tools to produce synthetic data for specific user requirements.

ONS working paper series number 15 - Feasibility study: Caravan parks recognition in aerial imagery

Published 11 May 2018

An ONS Big Data Team pilot study exploring the potential of using satellite and aerial imagery in the production of official statistics and the feasibility of using these data to enhance intelligence on addresses currently available to ONS.

ONS working paper series number 14 – Unsupervised document clustering with cluster topic identification

Published 19 April 2018

A method for classifying businesses according to their economic activity using text data.

ONS methodology working paper series number 13 – comparing the density of mobile phone cell towers with population estimates

Published 11 October 2017

The relationship between official estimates of UK residential and workday population density and the density of mobile phone cell towers is investigated using freely available and open-sourced data on cell tower locations from OpenCellID.

ONS methodology working paper series number 12 – a comparison of index number methodology used on UK web scraped price data

Published 18 August 2017

An assessment of methods used to construct price indices using web scraped data. The assessment uses the criteria of the axiomatic, economic and statistical approaches to index number theory.

ONS methodology working paper series no. 11 – Identifying caravan homes in Zoopla data: June 2017

Published 9 June 2017

ONS methodology working paper series no. 10 – Methodology for measuring uncertainty in ONS local authority mid-year population estimates: 2012 to 2015

Published 30 November 2017

ONS working paper series no 9 - Guide to calculating standard errors for ONS Social Surveys

Published 3 November 2016

ONS working paper series no 8 - Statistical uses for mobile phone data: literature review

Published 4 July 2016

ONS methodology working paper series no 7 - Comparing counts of electricity meters and addresses by postcode in England and Wales

Published May 2016

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ONS working paper series 6 - Analysing low electricity consumption using DECC data

ONS working paper series 5 - Comparing travel flows between 2011 Census and Oyster card data

ONS working paper series 4 - Non-probability survey sampling in Official Statistics

ONS working paper series 3 - Distributions used when estimating Capital Consumption

ONS working paper series 2 - Practical guidance on modelling for National Accounts

ONS working paper series 1 - ONS innovation laboratories