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Awesome official statistics software Awesome

An awesome list of open source statistical software packages useful for creating and accessing official statistics.

An item on this list is awesome because

  1. it is free, open source, and available for download and
  2. it is confirmed to be used in the production of official statistics by at least one institute or it provides access to official statistics publications.

We prefer packages that are easy to install and use, have at least one stable version, and are actively maintained. Contributions are welcome.

Milestone Dec 19th 2019: 100 packages on the list!!!

There is also a clickable version clickable version, a GSBPM visual GSBPM use and a word cloud word cloud

Design frame and sample (GSBPM 2.1)

  • R package SamplingStrata. Optimal Stratification of Sampling Frames for Multipurpose Sampling Surveys.

Design variable descriptions (GSBPM 2.2)

  • Excel SDMX Matrix Generator. Excel-based visual SDMX artefact authoring tool which generates SDMX-ML for upload into an SDMX repository such as a registry. By OECD.

Sampling (GSBPM 4.1)

  • R package sampling. Several algorithms for drawing (complex) survey samples and calibrating design weights.
  • R package surveyplanning. Tools for sample survey planning, including sample size calculation, estimation of expected precision for the estimates of totals, and calculation of optimal sample size allocation.

Scraping for Statistics (GSBPM 4.3)

  • Java application URLSearcher. An application for searching Urls. Can be used to find websites of enterprise. By ISTAT.
  • Java application URLScorer. Gives a rule based score to scraped documents in a Solr database. By ISTAT.
  • Node.js tool RobotTool. A tool for checking (price) changes on the web. By Statistics Netherlands.
  • Python Social-Media-Presence. A script for detecting social media presence on enterprises websites. By Statistics Poland.
  • Python Sustainability Reporting. A script for measuring sustainability reporting from enterprises websites. By ONS.
  • Python urlfinding. Software for finding websites of enterprises using a search engine and machine learning. By Statistics Netherlands

Process (GSBPM 5)

  • R package blaise. Reading and writing Files in the Blaise Format from R. By Statistics Netherlands.
  • Java application Java-VTL. A partial implementation of the Validation Transformation Language, based on the VTL 1.1 draft specification. By Statistics Norway.
  • Java application ADaMSoft implements procedures for data analysis, data, web and text mining. Also contains procedures for data validation and imputation, based on the principle of Fellegi and Holt.
  • R package dcmodify. Derive new variables or modify data using externally defined data modification rules.

Data integration and record linkage (GSBPM 5.1)

  • R package reclin. Functions to assist in performing probabilistic record linkage and deduplication: generating pairs, comparing records, em-algorithm for estimating m- and u-probabilities, forcing one-to-one matching. Can also be used for pre- and post-processing for machine learning methods for record linkage.
  • R package RecordLinkage. Implementation of the Fellegi-Sunter method for record linkage.
  • R package fastLink. Implements a Fellegi-Sunter probabilistic record linkage model that allows for missing data and the inclusion of auxiliary information. Documentation can be found on
  • R packages stringdist. Implements approximate string matching. Supports various string distances (Damerau-Levenshtein, Hamming, Levenshtein, optimal sting alignment), qgrams (q- gram, cosine, jaccard distance) and heuristic metrics (Jaro, Jaro-Winkler). An implementation of soundex is provided as well.
  • R packages fuzzyjoin. Join tables based on exact or similar matches. Allows for matching records based on inaccurate keys.
  • R Java MySQL RELAIS. A toolkit providing techniques for dealing with record linkage. The purpose is to identify the same real world entity that can be differently represented in data sources. By Istat.
  • R package XBRL. Extraction of Business Financial Information from XBRL Documents

Statistical data editing and imputation (GSBPM 5.3 | 5.4)

  • R package validate. Rule management and data validation.
  • R package validatetools. Checking and simplifying sets of validation rules.
  • R package errorlocate. Error localisation based on the principle of Fellegi and Holt.
    • Uses validate rule definitions
    • supports categorical and/or numeric data
    • supports linear equalities, inequalities and conditional rules.
    • Configurable backend for MIP-based error localization.
  • R package VIM. Visualisation and Imputation of missing values.
    • Advanced visualisation of missing data patterns
    • Imputation using (robust) linear regression methods
    • Imputation using several donor-based methods (kNN, hot-deck)
  • R package simputation. Simple imputation: many methods using a uniform interface following the tidy tools manifesto
    • Allows to easily combiny many imputation methods/strategies.
    • Supports regression (standard, M-estimation, ridge/lasso/elasticnet), hot-deck methods (powered by VIM), randomForest, EM-based, and iterative randomForest imputation. Reuse of fitted models and definition of simple user-defined methods are supported as well.
  • R package SeleMix. Detection of outliers and influential errors using a latent variable model for selective editing.
  • R package univOutl. Various methods for detecting univariate outliers.
  • R package extremevalues. Detection of univariate outliers based on modeling the bulk distribution.
  • R package deductive. Deductive correction and imputation using edit rules and (partially) complete data.

Estimation and weighting (GSBPM 5.6 | 5.7)

  • R package survey. Weighting and estimation for complex survey designs, possibly under nonresponse. Also computes estimator variance. See also R package srvyr for integration with tidy tools.
  • R package hbsae. Small area estimation based on hierarchical Bayesian models.
  • R package rsae. Small area estimation based on (robust) maximum likelihood estimation.
  • R package CalibrateSSB. Calculate weighs and estimates for panel data with non-response.
  • R package ReGenesees. Has a similar interface as the R package survey, along with specific features (e.g. partitioned calibration) that make it fit for processing large-scale surveys in the official statistics field. ReGenesees implements many different estimators with sampling errors, and ships with a dedicated GUI (package ReGenesees.GUI).
  • R package vardpoor. Linearization of non-linear statistics and variance estimation.
  • R package convey. Variance estimation on indicators of income concentration and poverty using complex sample survey designs. Wrapper around the survey package.
  • R package icarus. Provides detailed tools for performing calibration and several of its varitations, in a familiar setting for Calmar users in SAS.
  • R package gustave. Provides a toolkit for analytical variance estimation in survey sampling.
  • R package rtrim. Trends and Indices for Monitoring data. Provides tools for estimating animal/plant populations based on site counts, including occurrence of missing data.
  • R package surveysd. Calibration, bootstrap and error estimation for complex surveys.
  • R package inca. Calibration weighting with integer weights.

Time series and seasonal adjustment (GSBPM 5.6 | 5.7)

  • Fortran X-13ARIMA-SEATS Seasonal adjustment software produced maintained and distributed by the US Census Bureau.
  • R package seasonal. Interface to the X13-ARIMA-SEATS program from R with a very nice shiny GUI.
  • R package x12. Alternative interface to the X13-ARIMA-SEATS program from R with a focus on batch processing time series.
  • Java application JDemetra+ The seasonal adjustment software officially recommended for the European Statistical System.
  • R package RJDemetra R interface to JDemetra+.
  • R package tempdisagg methods for temporal disaggregation and interpolation of time series.

Output validation (GSBPM 6.2)

  • R package validate. Rule management and data validation.

Statistical disclosure control (GSBPM 6.4)

  • Java application μ-ARGUS. Tool to create safe micro-data files. See also the casc page.
  • Java application T-ARGUS. Tool to protect statistical tables. See also the casc page.
  • R package sdcMicro. Disclosure control for statistical microdata.
  • R package sdcTable. Disclosure control for tabulated data.
  • R package easySdcTable provides an interface to the package sdcTable.
  • R package sdcHierarchies allows to generate, modify and export nested hierarchies.
  • R package SmallCountRounding can be used to protect frequency tables by rounding necessary inner cells so that cross-classifications to be published are safe.
  • R package simPop. Simulation of synthetic populations from census/survey data considering auxiliary information.
  • R package sdcSpatial. Create privacy protected density maps from location data. Includes visual sensitivity assessment and several protection methods.
  • R package synthpop. Produce synthetic versions of microdata containing confidential information so that they are safe to be released to users for exploratory analysis.

Statistical Dissemination (GSBPM 7.2)

  • Java application SDMX Converter. Converter between different versions of SDMX and formats such as CSV, FLR etc. By Eurostat.
  • Java application SDMX-RI. Framework for disseminating data in SDMX webservices. By Eurostat.
  • Node.js and other .Stat Suite. An SDMX-based platform to build tailored data portals, topical or regional data explorers, or lightweight reporting platforms. By SIS-CC.
  • JSON SDMX-JSON. JSON variant of SDMX. This is still a candidate standard.
  • JSON JSON-stat. Lightweight JSON standard for statistical dissemination.

Visualisation (GSBPM 7.2)

  • R package tabplot. Compare up to about 10-20 variables simultaneously using a tableplot. See also tabplotd3 for a web-based GUI.
  • R package tmap. Thematic geographic maps, including bubble charts, choropleths, and more.
  • R package oceanis. To create maps for statistical analysis such as proportional circles, chroropleth, typology and flows. By INSEE.
  • GeoJSON/TopoJSON cartomap A (growing) list of simplified maps useful for web cartography for World, Europe and countries.
  • GeoJSON/TopoJSON Nuts2json Simplified geometries for web maps of European NUTS regions. By Eurostat.
  • R package treemap. Space-filling visualisation of hierarchical data.
  • R package btb. Conservative kernel smoothing method for spatial analysis.
  • Node.js StatMiner, Experimental visualization framework from Statistics Netherlands.
  • JavaScript Visual. Javascript library for data visualization that encapsulates complexity supporting chart types such as bar, rank, pie, time series bar/line, population pyramid, scatterplots and Choropleth maps. By Idescat.

Access to official statistics (GSBPM 7.4)

  • R package rsdmx. Easy access to data from statistical organisations that support SDMX webservices. The package contains a list of SDMX access points of various national and international statistical institutes.
  • R package and C++ readsdmx. Read SDMX into dataframes from local SDMX-ML file or web-service. By OECD.
  • Python pandaSDMX. Python interface to SDMX that facilitates the acquisition and analysis of SDMX-2.1 compliant data and metadata.
  • R package rjstat. Read and write data sets in the JSON-stat format.
  • Python package pyjstat. Read and write JSON-stat.
  • Java module Read and write JSON-stat. By Statistics Norway.
  • R package oecd Search and Extract Data from the OECD
  • R package sorvi Finnish Open Government Data Toolkit
  • R package eurostat Tools to download data from the Eurostat database together with search and manipulation utilities.
  • R package acs Download, Manipulate, and Present American Community Survey and Decennial Data from the US Census.
  • R package inegiR Access to data published by INEGI, Mexico's official statistics agency.
  • R package cbsodataR. Access to Statistics Netherlands' (CBS) open data API from R.
  • Node.js package cbsodata.js. Access to Statistics Netherlands' (CBS) open data API from js.
  • Python package Access to Statistics Netherlands' (CBS) open data API from Python.
  • R package censusapi A wrapper for the U.S. Census Bureau APIs that returns data frames of Census data and metadata.
  • R package nsoApi builds on other packages to access data from official statistics and tries to harmonize the API.
  • R package CANSIM2R. Extract CANSIM (Statistics Canada) tables and transform them into readily usable data.
  • Python package pyscbwrapper. Access to the open data API of the Swedish Statistical Institute
  • R package pxweb. Generic interface for the PX-Web/PC-Axis API used by many National Statistical Agencies.
  • R package PxWebApiData. Easy API access to e.g. Statistics Norway, Statistics Sweden and Statistics Finland.
  • R package rdbnomics. Access to the DB.nomics database which provide macroeconomic data from 38 official providers such as INSEE, Eurostat, Wolrd bank, etc.
  • R package readabs Download data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
  • R package destatiscleanr. Clean csv files from Genesis, the database of the Federal Statistical Office of Germany (Destatis) and its regional outlets.
  • R package statcanR. An R connection to Statistics Canada's Web Data Service. Open economic data (formerly CANSIM tables) are accessible as a data frame in the R environment.
  • R package cdlTools. Downloads USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) cropscape data for a specified state.
  • Java package SDMX Connectors. Browse SDMX data providers, build your queries and get data directly in your favourite tool (R, SAS, Matlab, Stata and Excel). By Banca d'Italia.
  • Node.js package sdmx-rest. This library allows to easily create and execute SDMX REST queries from a JavaScript client application.
  • R package csodata Download data from Central Statistics Office (CSO) of Ireland.


Awesome contributions are welcome, here are ways to do it:

  • The GitHub way: send us a pull request to add directly to this list.
  • Add an item to the issue tracker issue tracker. (you need a GH account)
  • Send an e-mail to mark dot vanderloo at gmail dot com or olav dot tenbosch at gmail dot com or tweet @markvdloo

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