On the Likelihood of Improving the Accuracy of the Census Through Statistical Adjustment

  title={On the Likelihood of Improving the Accuracy of the Census Through Statistical Adjustment},
  author={David A. Freedman and Kenneth W Wachter},
In this article, we sketch procedures for taking the census, making adjustments, and evaluating the results. Despite what you read in the newspapers, the census is remarkably accurate. Statistical adjustment is unlikely to improve on the census, because adjustment can easily put in more error than it takes out. Indeed, error rates in the adjustment turn out to be comparable to errors in the census. The data suggest a strong geographical pattern to such errors, even after controlling for… CONTINUE READING

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