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The data are different from another report I have
There are many possible reasons for differences in data, for example out-of-home care episodes that last less than one week are omitted from many reports, but we include them by default (they can be filtered out using the advanced filter duration of out-of-home stay). Also be careful of time periods, state fiscal years, federal fiscal years, and calendar years are commonly used by different agencies.
For privacy, all counts on the Data Portal are jittered - a small amount of random statistical noise is added to the data to prevent individual from being identifiable. All zeroes are kept as zero, and all non-zeroes are kept as non-zero, but reported numbers should be thought of as having a margin of error of at least one or two.