Using known data, the methodologies available for microdata file merging are compared. Results indicate that various techniques work or do not work in specific circumstances. An optimal-constrined merge model with an absolute difference distance function provide the best results.
statistical merging, distance functions, methodology, statistical analysis, microdata file merging
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