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Selective Editing Strategies for the U. S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Data

Maria M. Garcia, Alison Gajcowski, and Andrew Jennings



The U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Division (FTD) publishes monthly import and export statistics for the shipment of merchandise goods between foreign countries and the United States customs territories and foreign trade zones. The FTD publishes these statistics for over 17,000 import and 10,000 export commodity classifications. These data are not survey based, but collected from forms upon arrival or departure of merchandise goods. Data are edited and checked at every step of collection, processing, and tabulation. However, due to the limitations of the merchandise trade statistics program, monthly publication cells may still be subject to errors. We present score functions to rank edit failing records according to their potential impact on publication totals. In this report we present four separate score functions and the results of testing these score functions with the 2004 exports data.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Statistical Research Division

Created: December 10, 2007
Last revised: December 10, 2007

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