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Research over the past decade by National Statistical Offices (NSOs) and academics has identified opportunities for compiling price indexes from transactions data. As part of the program into Enhancing the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has investigated new methods, known as multilateral index number methods, which have typically been used when compiling spatial price comparisons. The international price statistics community has reached a consensus that multilateral methods are required to exploit the full amount of information provided in transactions datasets.
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