American Community Survey Data Users Conference – Day 1

As someone who’s interested in the use of Census data for analysis, I couldn’t resist attending the first inaugural ACS Data Users Conference, held in DC May 29-30.  The conference brought together over 300 people who use the ACS in various applications, from research, to policy, and to business.  On hand were a number of […]

In Praise of Sampling

I’m not a statistician by training, but as a data scientist statistical methods are extremely important, and I’ve tried to learn as much as I can. Often this is helpful in understanding the reasonable limits and possibilities of what can be inferred from a given dataset. For instance, understanding how the data is distributed in […]