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Research Matters

At the Census Bureau, we aim to discuss important research in government statistics, and stimulate informed debate. Research ranges from substantive topics of interest in demography, economics and other social sciences, to methodological questions, such as the role of statistical modeling in surveys, designs for the Decennial Census, research on record linkage and confidentiality protection.

Research is more important to us now than ever before. There is increased demand for data products, and the questions asked are becoming more complex and hard to measure.

On the other hand, surveys and censuses are increasingly expensive and challenging to mount. The forum will describe research at the Census Bureau that is essential to reconciling these tendencies.

In certain postings, opinions and conclusions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Census Bureau. All results have been reviewed to ensure that no confidential information is disclosed.


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ACS Updates on Disclosure Avoidance and Release Plans
The U.S. Census Bureau is on track to release the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates as scheduled Sept. 17, 2020.

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Modernizing Disclosure Avoidance: A Multipass Solution to Postprocessing Error
In our last blog, we discussed the feedback we received from the data user community about demonstration data released last fall that were produced using the interim version of the 2020 Disclosure Avoidance System (DAS).

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Modernizing Disclosure Avoidance: What We've Learned, Where We Are Now
We want to highlight some of the feedback we have received and how we are using it to improve the Disclosure Avoidance System (DAS) that will be used for the 2020 Census.

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Census Bureau Works With Data Users to Protect 2020 Census Data Products
The Census Bureau’s mission is “to serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy.” As an agency, we take this responsibility seriously.

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Balancing Privacy and Accuracy: New Opportunity for Disclosure Avoidance Analysis
Today, the Census Bureau is releasing demonstration data products designed to help our data user community better understand the disclosure avoidance system.

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Disclosure Avoidance and the 2018 Census Test: Release of the Source Code
The 2020 Census marks the first time that any federal government statistical agency applied the rigorous rule of differential privacy.

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Protecting the Confidentiality of America's Statistics: Ensuring Confidentiality and Fitness-for-Use
In my last blog, I described the Census Bureau’s work to modernize how we protect respondent data in the statistics we publish.

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Protecting the Confidentiality of America's Statistics: Adopting Modern Disclosure Avoidance Methods at the Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau’s commitment to data stewardship—protecting respondent privacy and confidentiality at every stage of the data lifecyle—is grounded in law that is straightforward, robust, and strong.

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Challenges Facing the Disclosure Review Board
Scientists from the Census Bureau describe the importance of research in survey design, methodology, modeling, record linkage, confidentiality protection, etc.

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