The issue of volatility in the availability of data series was also discussed. The output of doctorate degrees in some fields varies widely by year, so in one year the number may meet the threshold for publication and in the next may fail to meet it. Again, to assist users, NSF plans to publish detailed notes outlining the reason for the elimination of data series.
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