Web Content Viewer (JSR 286)

Data Formats

CVB Statistics asks for data in specific formats to expedite regulatory review by (1) allowing for easy import into statistical software and (2) structuring data tables in a way that reveals their nature and relationship for common data manipulation tasks such as: statistical analysis, graphical display, tabular summaries, and data base management. 

Selection of a Data Format type is determined by the study. See here to learn about specific format types, with examples.

What is a Data Format?

A data format type specifies the set of structured tables such that the information needed to expedite processing is included at submission. The tables are defined in a manner that is both machine-readable and consistent between submissions. One example is the meta-data that is captured on the variables table of the General Format. 

Data format types are independent of the software used to generate the set of tables specified. CVB Statistics has provided some tools for generating conforming tables, but firms are free to choose their own approach.

File Format

CVB Statistics asks for files of the type comma separated values (.CSV). While data may be submitted in any common electronic file format, submissions that do not conform to a specific Data Format type - including the file format - will have to undergo further manipulation by CVB Statistics staff. This additional work may extend the time needed for statistical analysis.


CVB Statistics recommends that firms use data sets submitted to CVB as the source for the firm’s own statistical analysis. This will avoid discrepancies inevitably introduced when using different data sources.

Creating Statistics Data CSV Files (pdf - 2.85 MB)

Common Statistics Data Formatting Issues (pdf - 1.45 MB)

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