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Data point

Data point

A data point is a single value, captured at a particular point in time, using a particular measurement approach. For example, ‘100kg’ or ‘2 hectares’. Data points generally are embedded in a wider context (for example, ‘2 hectares’ relating to a particular farm, measured at a particular point in time, using a particular method).

An indicator may rely on a number of different data points.

For example, to calculate ‘crop yield’ may require data points covering:

  • The total amount harvested in a given area
  • The period over which that harvest took place
  • The total area under cultivation with a given crop or the total area harvested

Sometimes the same data points can be used to generate a range of indicators. At other times, indicators are not comparable because they are using different, non-comparable, data points.

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