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Conservatives aim at Census' method for uncounted households
When U.S. Census Bureau workers couldn't find out any information about some households after repeatedly mailing them questionnaire reminders and sending census takers to knock on their doors, the statisticians turned to an OBSCURE [?!], last-resort [?!] statistical technique known as "imputation."

Imputation involves using information about neighbors with similar characteristics to fill in [BWAH!] head counts or demographic characteristics for households lacking data.

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The Census Bureau has been using the technique on households since the 1960 census, and it was challenged and upheld in courts after censuses in 1980 and 2000. The Supreme Court has ruled that the Census Bureau can't use sampling -- a method of using a subset of people to estimate characteristics of the whole population -- but the justices have said that imputation is different from sampling.
by Cat on Sun May 30th, 2021 at 11:00:48 PM EST
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