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Activity Number: 478
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Survey Research Methods Section
Abstract - #307795
Title: Analysis of Tables Containing Suppressions
Author(s): Lawrence Cox*+
Companies: National Institute of Statistical Sciences
Keywords: circuit ; table deconstruction ; alternative tables

Suppressions in a table complicate, thwart or completely prevent statistical analysis of the table. Techniques similar to those of the intruder and based on prior knowledge, public information, and inconsistencies among suppressions can be applied by the analyst to deconstruct suppressions, yielding exact values or tighter bounds on suppressions. Alternative tables-tables satisfying the new, stricter relationships between suppressed entries-can be created and used to approximate analysis on the true, but presumably still safe and unknown, table. We present proposals for table deconstruction and statistical analysis of suppressed tables of count or magnitude data.

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