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Yifang Wei

Department of Computer Science
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057

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August 2019Automating Response Evaluation for Franchising Questions on the 2017 Economic Census
with Joseph Staudt, Lisa Singh, Shawn Klimek, J. Bradford Jensen, Andrew Baer
in Big Data for 21st Century Economic Statistics, Katharine G. Abraham, Ron S. Jarmin, Brian Moyer, and Matthew D. Shapiro
May 2019Automating Response Evaluation for Franchising Questions on the 2017 Economic Census
with Joseph Staudt, Lisa Singh, Shawn D. Klimek, J. Bradford Jensen, Andrew L. Baer: w25818
Between the 2007 and 2012 Economic Censuses (EC), the count of franchise-affiliated establishments declined by 9.8%. One reason for this decline was a reduction in resources that the Census Bureau was able to dedicate to the manual evaluation of survey responses in the franchise section of the EC. Extensive manual evaluation in 2007 resulted in many establishments, whose survey forms indicated they were not franchise-affiliated, being recoded as franchise-affiliated. No such evaluation could be undertaken in 2012. In this paper, we examine the potential of using external data harvested from the web in combination with machine learning methods to automate the process of evaluating responses to the franchise section of the 2017 EC. Our method allows us to quickly and accurately identify and ...
 
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