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Imputation flag for sex (IFSEXP)

Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary
Reference period
2021

Definition

This variable indicates if a person's binary sex was imputed. Imputation is a statistical process for predicting values where no response was provided to a question and a response could not be derived.

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
01Sex not imputed
02Sex imputed

Number of categories:  2

Question(s) from the Census form

Is the person: Male; Female; Non-binary sex

    Is the person: Male; Female
    Is Person 1:

    If these options do not describe the person, they can Select something other than male or female.

    Male

    Female

      Question presented when 'Select something other than male or female' hyperlink is chosen

      Is the person: Male; Female; Non-binary sex

      Question presented when 'Select something other than male or female' hyperlink is chosen

      Is Person 1:

      If the person does not wish to select ‘Non-binary sex’, they can Select only male or female.

      A person may choose to select more than one response (for example, male and non-binary sex, or female and non-binary sex).

      If ‘Non-binary sex’ is selected, there will be an opportunity to provide more information.

      Male

      Female

      Non-binary sex

        Example

        Imputation flag for sex example - Female, Non-binary sex response selected

        Example

        Is Person 1:

        If the person does not wish to select ‘Non-binary sex’, they can Select only male or female.

        A person may choose to select more than one response (for example, male and non-binary sex, or female and non-binary sex).

        If ‘Non-binary sex’ is selected, there will be an opportunity to provide more information.

        Male

        Female (selected response)

        Non-binary sex (selected response)
        Please specify (optional)

        How this variable is created

        This variable is created during the processing of the Sex (SEXP) variable. When a record has sex imputed it is coded to ‘02 Sex imputed’ and where a record uses information from the Census form it is coded to ’01 Sex not imputed’.

        For more information about imputation, please see the Sex (SEXP) variable and imputation in the Census Glossary.

        History and changes

        The Imputation flag for sex (IFSEXP) variable was first used in 2016.

        No changes have been made for 2021. 

        Data use considerations

        There are no known data use considerations at this time.

        Using the Imputation Flag for Sex (IFSEXP), the non-response rate for Sex was 4.7% in 2021. This is a decrease from 5.8% in 2016. For more information on imputation, see Census Methodology.

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