Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Clash of cultures: the Census Bureau meets the Daily Show


Former Census Bureau director Bob Groves - a very fine fellow - on the Daily Show.

I am a tiny bit irritated that they never even mention the fact that datasets like the Census contribute to knowledge, which in turn (among other things) generates better policy. That seems like a much better reason to spend the 10 minutes than whatever trivial increase in federal government spoils an additional resident in a given jurisdiction will generate.

I will say that the online interface for the decennial census was simple and easy - not necessarily what one with experience in census research data centers would expect.

Hat tip: the man with the "Make American Data Great Again" baseball cap.

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