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Census Case Tests Statistical Method

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Science  01 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5556, pp. 783
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5556.783a

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Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are hiking up their robes in preparation for another march through the political swamp of reapportionment. But more than a congressional seat may be at stake. In agreeing last week to hear a case (Utah v. Evans) stemming from the 2000 census, the high court will also be examining the legality of a time-honored statistical method for filling in the blanks.