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"Statistical Victory," in ScienceScope. Science, 28 June 2002, page 2313.

This short article tells of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that astatistical technique used in the U.S. census, "hot deck imputation," isconstitutionally acceptable. The technique allows the Census Bureau to fill inmissing or obviously inaccurate information. The Court ruled that the techniqueis distinct from sampling, which was outlawed in 1999. An article about thecase, "Census Case Tests Statistical Method," appeared in the February 1 issueof Science and in Math Digest (click here for the Math Digestitem).

--- Mike Breen
American Mathematical Society