Should You Use ZCTA Boundaries?

The ZIP code is commonly used in business applications for two primary reasons – they are well recognized and utilized as the core geographic identifier in a wide range of both postal and non-postal sources. Because they are created by the post office for the purpose...
Small Area Demographic Estimates: The AGS Approach

Small Area Demographic Estimates: The AGS Approach

The discussion of methodology is always a balancing act. At one end of the scale are users who hunger for gritty technical details that one would expect in a doctoral thesis in applied mathematics. Most prefer a short document that covers the basic underlying data...
Do New ZIP+4 Codes Equal Growth?

Do New ZIP+4 Codes Equal Growth?

Some years ago, a new player in the demographic forecasting world came onto the scene with two key points of differentiation. First, their estimates were released quarterly which somehow suggests improved accuracy. Second, their estimates are based primarily on what...
Why AGS: We Aren’t Just a Data Vendor

Why AGS: We Aren’t Just a Data Vendor

When you think about AGS, you probably think about our data. Our data, trusted by thousands of companies, made us a household name in the data science world. We have more data than anyone else (more than 35,000 variables and counting), and we pride ourselves on being...

Data for Insurance: Please Feed the Actuaries

The insurance industry over the years has been the source of many of the statistical methods we have come to know and love (if you are in the hate category, you might want to just skip on by this). It is the ultimate exercise in probability, regardless of what is...

Data Delivery Done Right

Is your demographics provider stuck in the past? Still sending out the same database to everybody on a pre-historic physical platter which makes your otherwise despondent DVD reader feel remotely loved? These strange looking platters are interesting if you are a...