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RAND California FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What is the relationship between RAND and RAND California?

2. Why can't I access certain information from RAND California?

3. Are there discounts for non-profit RAND California subscribers?

4. How often is the content on RAND California updated?

5. How can I find out what kind of statistics are available on RAND California?

6. How do I download and import data into a spreadsheet?

7. What does data returned as NA indicate?

8. Can I re-publish the statistics or other content from RAND California?

9. How do I cite information from RAND California?

10. What if I only want a one-time use of a specific selection of data?

11. How do I create my password?

 

1. What is the relationship between RAND and RAND California?

RAND, a public policy research organization with headquarters in Santa Monica, sponsors the RAND California web site. RAND also sponsors RAND Texas, which contains detailed databases on Texas and RAND State Statistics, which contains a more limited number of databases on all 50 states.

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2. Why can't I access certain information from RAND California?

Although the RAND California Online Library, is free, RAND California Statistics is available by subscription only. For information on subscribing, see Subscribe to RAND California.

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3. Are there discounts for non-profit or other RAND California subscribers?

There are currently no discounts, although multiple users receive discounts. Site licenses are also available. See Subscribe to RAND California for more information.

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4. How often is the content on RAND California updated?

The frequenty of updates varies according to the data source. Some data are updated monthly, others quarterly, and others annually. A RAND California Online Statistics Search page links users with data categories, updates, periodity, originating data sources, and other relevant factors.
Occasionally, updates are delayed by the data provider. When this occurs, we make every attempt to note this on our site.

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5. How can I find out what kind of statistics are available on RAND California?

Users can browse statistics on RAND California Statistics. Another useful link is the Search this Website page, which allows users to search using keywords.

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6. How do I download and import data into a spreadsheet?

One method is to choose the "Tab delimited" option under the "Choose a format for the data" menu on the form—downloading saves the file with a .tsv extension. To import a .tsv file into Excel, use the menu "Get External Data/Import Text File" option, and select 'tab' as the only delimiter.

Another method is to choose the "Comma delimited" option under the "Choose a format for the data" menu on the form—downloading saves the file with a .csv extension. To import a .csv file into Excel, use either the Open menu, drag and drop, or the menu "Get External Data/Import Text File" option, and select ',' as the only delimiter.

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7. What does data returned as NA indicate?

This indicates that data are not available, not reported, or known.

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8. Can I re-publish the statistics or other content from RAND California?

Yes, but you must cite RAND California as the source. In some cases (as indicated on submission forms), you must cite the originating data source, as well. See our Terms and Conditions of Use for more details.

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9. How do I cite information from RAND California?

In most cases, cite the specific page or form from RAND California as the source. E.g., http://ca.rand.org/stats/economics/airport.html. You may also want to provide the exact title of the page (e.g., RAND California Major Airport Operating Statistics), and the publication date since our data are time stamped.

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10. What if I only want a one-time use of a specific selection of data?

Usually, the best solution is to purchase a $45/three days short-term subscription and download the desired data. If you wish to request data that sorts differently than is output from the form or that has different level variables, you may need to place a Special Request for which we bill hourly and that is subject to data availability.

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11. How do I create my password?

The first time you access RAND California site, enter the login ID emailed to you and the case-sensitive password you wish to use. This establishes your password for future access to RAND California databases. If you've forgotten, or would like your password changed, please contact randca-help@rand.org.

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Other questions: write to randca-help@rand.org


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