This account of computational procedures followed by the Agricultural Economics Division, Agricultural Marketing Service, is presented for readers interested in applications of an electronic computer to statistical and economic problems. A brief description of the machine is given to acquaint the reader with a few of the basic characteristics of this mechanical assistant. AMS machine facilities are under the direction of V. H. Nicholson, Chief of Data Processing in the Statistical Standards Division. His experienced staff of programmers and machine operators readily provide valuable assistance to those seeking machine aid. The author is one of several persons from other divisions who have learned programming techniques under Mr. Nicholson's direction.


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