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Some thoughts on improved performance of an analysis job on a cluster like ECCO or SDSx

Here are some tips (some specific to ECCO/SDSx, some general) about improving performance of a typical social science analysis [...]

Article in The Atlantic on synthetic data products

For a very nice write-up of the synthetic data products housed on our Synthetic Data Server, see Viviane Callier's article in The Atlantic, "How Fake Data Could Protect Real People’s Privacy."


There will be a downtime for the Synthetic Data Server on Monday, June 1, [...]

[SDS] [ECCO] Upcoming changes to SAS on compute nodes

It is license renewal season. In order to reduce our licensing expenditures on SAS, we are removing the ability to run SAS on any node.Convenience scripts (qsas, menu entry) will be updated, and should "just work". Those using custom qsub scripts will need to submit those to a 'sas' queue on ECCO or SDSx in [...]

[SDS] SIPP Synthetic Beta (SSB) updated to v6.0.1

The Census Bureau has corrected an error in the construction of the date of educational attainment variables for the SIPP Synthetic Beta version 6.0. [...]