Ethnicity Estimator is a software GUI which allows users to produce an estimated ethnicity distribution of a set of names supplied to it, based on the standard UK ONS ethnicity category groups. Upon supplying a CSV of names, it will return an indicative population count, split by the categories.

The Ethnicity Estimator (EE) classifier is based on research which uses names data assembled by the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC). The data are taken from consumer sources and from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which securely host data from England & Wales.

The research enables estimates of the ethnic distribution from datasets which contain names, using the best methodology. Users can now apply to access their own copy of the Ethnicity Estimator software. This software provides aggregate classifications reporting on estimated population for each of the standard ONS ethnicity groups. Accepted applications will be for users who utilise the software for the public good, and applicants can be drawn from the academia, government or industry sectors. Please read our full Terms and Conditions (see document below) prior to making an application. Please note that the application review process takes a number of weeks.

More information about Ethnicity Estimator can be found at

To obtain a copy of the software, please fill out the initial proposal form at

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Additional Info

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Product CDRC Ethnicity Modelling
Date Range 2011
Data Collector ONS, CDRC
Update Frequency Ad-Hoc
Geographical Scales Bespoke Populations
Analytical Units Person
Data Kind Software Java
Bounding box England & Wales
Nation England & Wales
Source ONS, CDRC
Creator Roberto Murcio
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Publisher Paul Longley
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Publication Year 2018
Attribution Statement Copyright CDRC.
Maintainer Consumer Data Research Centre
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