Synthesis of county-to-county migration flows

To maintain confidentiality national statistical agencies traditionally do not include small counts in publicly released tabular data products.  They typically delete these small counts, or combine them with counts in adjacent table cells to preserve the totals at higher levels of aggregation.  In some cases these suppression procedures result in too much loss of information.  To increase data utility and make more data publicly available, we created methods and software to generate synthetic values for the small counts from a Bayesian hierarchical model.  The software generates synthetic data and computes several measures of disclosure risk.   The software was applied by the Census Bureau in synthesizing small county-to-county migration counts.  The zip file includes a document summarizing the model.