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Table 5 Racial Distribution of Veterans Before and After Allocation of Multiracial Individuals by Using 4 Bridging Techniques

From: Transition to the new race/ethnicity data collection standards in the Department of Veterans Affairs

  Number (%) Before "Bridging"a Number (%) After "Bridging" Using 4 Techniques
   Smallest Groupb Largest Group Other Than Whitec Largest Groupd Fractional Assignment – Equal Fractionse
White 1,431,498 (80.53) 1,431,498 (79.94) 1,431,498 (79.94) 1,442,992 (80.58) 1,437,203 (80.25)
AA 310,288 (17.45) 314,006 (17.53) 315,453 (17.62) 311,547 (17.40) 312,838 (17.47)
AIAN* 7,173 (0.40) 11,093 (0.62) 10,440 (0.58) 7,173 (0.40) 9,100 (0.51)
API* 28,707 (1.61) 34,204 (1.91) 33,410 (1.87) 29,089 (1.62) 31,661 (1.77)
Total 1,777,666 (100.00) 1,790,801 (100.00) 1,790,801 (100.00) 1,790,801 (100.00) 1,790,801 (100.00)
  1. * AA indicates African American; AIAN, American Indian or Alaska Native; API, Asian or Pacific Islander.
  2. a Veterans with multiracial values and Hispanic ethnicity excluded.
  3. b Assigns multiracial values to the smallest group.
  4. c Assigns multiracial values to the largest group other than White.
  5. d Assigns multiracial values to the largest group.
  6. e Assigns equal weights to each racial group identified. Does not add up to total due to rounding errors.