Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.2, No.4, 1986. pp. 545553

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How Increased Automation Will Improve the 1990 Census of Population and Housing of the United States

The U.S. Bureau of the Census will increase significantly the automation of operations for the 1990 Census of Population and Housing, thus eliminating or reducing many of the labor-intensive clerical operations of past censuses and contributing to the speedier release of data products. An automated address control file will permit the computer to monitor the enumeration status of an address. The automated address file will also make it possible to begin electronic data processing concurrently with data collection, and, thus, 5–7 months earlier than for the 1980 Census. An automated geographic support system will assure consistency between various census geographic products, and computer-generated maps will be possible. Other areas where automation will be introduced or increased are questionnaire editing, coding of written entries on questionnaires, and reporting of progress and cost by field offices.

1990 U.S. Census of Population and Housing; increased automation; automated address control file; automated geographic support system; earlier processing.

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