Triangle Census Research Network

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The Triangle Census Research Network (TCRN) is an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Duke University and the National Institute of Statistical Sciences dedicated to improving the way that federal statistical agencies collect, analyze, and disseminate data to the public.

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Jerry Reiter
Statistical Science
jerry@stat.duke.edu

Its primary mission is to develop broadly-applicable methodologies that transform and improve data dissemination practice in the federal statistical system. It offers a variety of educational activities on advanced statistical modeling and official statistics for students, researchers, and staff of federal agencies. The TCRN is funded by the National Science Foundation in partnership with the Census Bureau under the NSF-NCRN-MN grant mechanism.

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