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Activity Number: 243
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, August 2, 2010 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Government Statistics
Abstract - #307583
Title: Alternative Sample Approach for the Annual Survey of Public Employment and Payroll
Author(s): Casey Corcoran*+ and Yang Cheng+
Companies: U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Census Bureau
Address: HQ 6K162C, Washington, DC, 20233, 4600 Silver Hill Road , Suitland, MD, 20746,
Keywords: survey design ; decision-based estimation ; mean squared error ; cut-off point ; stratification

The Governments Division of the U.S. Census Bureau publishes estimates of many aggregates. To achieve more accurate results with lower cost one goal of sampling is to minimize the number of smaller and non-contributory units in the overall design. Unfortunately, little research has been conducted to determine how to reduce smaller units. In this paper, we propose a numerical procedure based on minimizing the sum of mean squared errors to identify the breakpoint for determining the size-based strata. We then vary the amount of small stratum reduction to find an optimal balance between cutpoint and reduction. Data from the 2007 Census of Governments: Employment are used for this study.

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