Research Reports

You are here: Census.govSubjects A to ZResearch Reports Sorted by Year › Abstract of RRS2009/05
Skip top of page navigation

Determining a Set of Edits

William E. Winkler and Maria M. Garcia



This paper covers methods of creating a set of edits for a set of data. The edits are logical constraints designed to detect errors on the data such as five-year-old children being married or the wages of a particular employee being five times as high as the wages of an employee in a similar position. Edits are intended to improve the quality of data. If data is edited and erroneous fields are identified and imputed, then they can be used for statistical analyses or business purposes. If errors remain in the data, then it is possible that analysts and policy makers who use the data will make inappropriate decisions.

CITATION: Winkler, William E. and Maria M. Garcia. (2009). Determining a Set of Edits. Statistical Research Division Research Report Series (Statistics #2009-05). U.S. Census Bureau. Available online at <>.

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

Published online: August 3, 2009
Last revised: July 27, 2009

[PDF] or PDF denotes a file in Adobe’s Portable Document Format. To view the file, you will need the Adobe® Reader® Off Site available free from Adobe.

This symbol Off Site indicates a link to a non-government web site. Our linking to these sites does not constitute an endorsement of any products, services or the information found on them. Once you link to another site you are subject to the policies of the new site.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Statistical Research Division | (301) 763-3215 (or |   Last Revised: October 08, 2010