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Through the lense of multilevel model (MLM) specification and regularization, this is a connect-the-dots introductory summary of Small Area Estimation, e.g. small group prediction informed by a complex sampling design. While a comprehensive book is (Rao and Molina 2015), the goal of this paper is to get interested researchers up to speed with some current developments. We first provide historical context of two kinds of regularization: 1) the regularization 'within' the components of aarXiv:1805.08233v1 fatcat:k5m7mou7vfdalkvjoarbacleja