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Bio3 Seminar Series - Thomas A. Louis, Ph.D.
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Event Bio3 Seminar Series - Thomas A. Louis, Ph.D.
When Friday, October 25, 2013 from 10:00am to 11:00am
Where Building D Warwick Evans Conference Room
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Details Speaker: Thomas A. Louis, Ph.D.
Research & Methodology Directorate, U.S. Census Bureau
Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Title: Research at Census, including links to Biostatistcs/Informatics

Abstract: In order to meet the challenges of efficiently obtaining valid information and making it available to the public, research at the U.S. Census Bureau and survey research more generally burgeons. Many research goals and methods are similar to those addressed by and used in Biostatistics or Informatics. To set the scene, I briefly describe the Census Research & Methodology directorate, list major issues and approaches, then provide details on a small subset. Candidate topics include adaptive design (dynamic survey modes, R-factors in the National Survey of College Graduates, timing of mailing hard copy based on K-M curves, challenges of learning from experience), stopping rules, randomized experiments (the effect of interviewer training in the National Crime Victimization Survey), record matching, prediction (of response propensity, of occupancy, of the 'fitness for use' of administrative records), imputation, Bayesian methods (design-consistent analyses, post-processed {confidence} intervals, benchmarking), small areea/spatio-temporal analysis (estimation of poverty rates, estimating omissions in the master address file), development and use of paradata (in the National Health Interview Survey), double-robustness, dynamic data posting ('OnTheMap' Local Origin-Destination Employment Statistics), disclosure avoidance/limitation, Big Data (opportunities and challenges), micro-simulation (benefits of research in designing the 2020 Census), and IT infrastructure (the Multi-mode Operational Control System). I close with a call for increased collaboration among statistical agencies and academe, building on the NSF-Census Bureau Research Network.
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