Evaluating the Accuracy of Linked U. S. Census Data: A Household Linking Approach

Ronald Goeken, Yu Na Lee, Tom Lynch & Diana Magnuson
Despite the proliferation of published studies using linked decennial census records there has been little empirical work on the accuracy of the linked data. The primary reason, of course, is that you can never definitively state that two records taken from two distinct censuses represent the same person. Potential links are then classified as true or false according to rules or machine learning procedures. Estimating linkage rates is a straightforward exercise, but error rates can...
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