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Many variables of interest in business and agricultural surveys have skewed distributions. An example from the National Agricultural Statistics Service is the acres harvested for a particular crop. We investigate small area estimation methods for skewed data under the assumption that a lognormal model is a reasonable approximation for the distribution of(More)
Historically, the National Agricultural Statistics Service crop forecasts and estimates have been determined by a group of commodity experts called the Agricultural Statistics Board (ASB). The corn yield forecasts for the “speculative region,” ten states that account for approximately 85 % of corn production, are based on two sets of monthly surveys, a(More)
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