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Activity Number: 469 - Using and Linking Administrative and Auxiliary Data
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Government Statistics Section
Abstract #304671 Presentation
Title: Analyzing Tradeoff Between Administrative Records Enumeration and Count Imputation
Author(s): Andrew Keller*
Companies: U.S. Census Bureau
Keywords: Census; Administrative Records; Count Imputation

After completing field operations for a decennial census, there are some addresses with an unresolved status (occupied, vacant, and delete) and household count. Since 1960, after decennial census field operations, a count imputation procedure has filled in missing household status and size for the small proportion of addresses where this information has been unknown. For the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau is researching the use of administrative records to provide a status and count for some nonresponding addresses instead of imputing a status and count. This paper discusses tradeoffs between enumerating the unresolved addresses with administrative records versus imputing the missing status and count. Specifically, we analyze the extent to which administrative records enumeration is preferable before count imputation is applied. The goal is to establish a quality threshold for administrative records to determine when count imputation is a better alternative to administrative records enumeration.

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