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This material is based on work supported by the Bureau of the Census, under purchase order 40YABC622606; the U.S. Department of Agriculture, under purchase order no. 433K06703404; the Department of Health and Human Services, under purchase order no. 0009730126 and grant no. 1R13CA74882–01; and the National Science Foundation, under grant no. SBR-9619987. Support for this project was also provided by Ernst and Young, LLP, the Internal Revenue Service, the Office of Management and Budget's Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology, Statistics Canada, and the Washington Statistical Society. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors.

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