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Clifford C. Clogg Memorial Lecture: “One Way Forward for Official Statistics in the New Data World”

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Social statistician Robert M. Groves, executive vice president and provost of Georgetown University and former director of the U.S. Census Bureau will present two free, public lectures as part of the 2018 Clifford C. Clogg Memorial Lectures on March 26 and 27 at the Penn State University Park campus. He will present a specialized lecture in statistics and sociology, titled “One Way Forward for Official Statistics in the New Data World,” at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, in 117 Osmond Laboratory.
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27 March 2018 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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117 Osmond Laboratory
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Lecture abstract: The foundation of most official statistics in the world is the statistical sampling of target populations and the application of pre-designed measurements on the samples. Falling response rates to those sample surveys have led to increasing costs of those efforts and to risks of nonresponse bias in the resulting statistics.

At the same time, new digital resources are arising, stimulated by the Internet and ubiquitous management information systems. The amount of data on day-to-day economic and social transactions is larger now than ever before in human history. However, the resources are, to a large extent, not owned by institutions that have missions to serve the common good informational needs of the society.v

The issues for official statistics in this new data world are discussed, with a focus on the lacunae in measurement theories, the family of statistical models useful in this new world, and the institutional structures that need consideration.

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