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The European Union's Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) is the single most important indicator of inflation used by the European Central Bank. This paper investigates the methodological foundations of the HICP. Sections 2 to 4 of the paper look at the theory of inflation indexes that could be used as central bank target indexes of inflation. A(More)
Healthcare provider organizations are faced with a rising number of financial pressures. Both administrators and physicians need help analyzing large numbers of clinical and financial data when making decisions. To assist them, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center and Hitachi America, Ltd. (HAL), Inc., have partnered to build an enterprise data(More)
This Working Paper should not be reported as representing the views of the IMF. The views expressed in this Working Paper are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the IMF or IMF policy. Working Papers describe research in progress by the author(s) and are published to elicit comments and to further debate. Unit value export and(More)
Statistical offices use the matched models method to compile consumer price indices (CPIs) to measure inflation. Price collectors record the prices of a sample of models or varieties of selected products existing in period t, and then continue to record the prices of these same matched models in subsequent periods t+n. The matched models method is designed(More)
As healthcare costs continue to rise, along with the urgency to control these costs, timely analyses of operational data stored in data warehouses have become critical. Although healthcare organizations have begun to amass large volumes of raw data within data warehouses, many have yet to capitalize on that valuable information. Many clinical and financial(More)
for helpful comments. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research. ABSTRACT Statistical offices try to match item models when measuring inflation between two periods. However, for product areas with a high turnover of differentiated models, the use of hedonic(More)
The views expressed here are those of the authors only. All rights reserved. Short sections of text, not to exceed two paragraphs, may be quoted without explicit permission provided that full credit, including © notice, is given to the source. ABSTRACT This paper sheds light on two problems in the Penn World Table (PWT) GDP estimates. First, we show that(More)
Recent advancement in the data mining technique has provided a platform to numerous applications in healthcare sector. It has become an active research area due to its large scale potential. In this survey, we have tried to present the application areas of data mining approaches specifically in the healthcare sector. The different approaches of the data(More)