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how to provide a variance calculation on your public-use survey data file without disclosing sampling clusters or violating respondent confidentiality

September 16, 2014
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this post and accompanying syntax would not have been possible without dan oberski.  read more, find out why.  thanks dan.dear survey administrator: someone sent you this link because you work for an organization or a government agency that c...

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analyze the world values survey (wvs) with r

September 2, 2014
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a global barometer of public opinion, the world values survey (wvs) clocks in as your best source of cross-cultural moods, attitudes.   you might find its most famous product sweepingly general, but who among us has never ever swept a smidgen of n...

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analyze the programme for the international assessment of adult competencies (piaac) with r

August 19, 2014
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heaven knows we've all been there: you're in a heated argument with some patriotic zealot who thinks (insert country here) has the best labor force on earth.  you know they're just spewing made-up-statistic after made-up-statistic, but you don't h...

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analyze the fda adverse event reporting system (faers) with r

July 29, 2014
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doctors prescribe medications for patients all the time.  all the time.  sometimes the results are beneficial, other times the drug has no discernible effect, but occasionally those substances actually cause harm.  since the drug is alre...

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analyze the demographic and health surveys (dhs) with r

July 8, 2014
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professors of public health 101 probably cite the results of the demographic and health surveys (dhs) more than all other data sources combined.  funded by the united states agency for international development (usaid) and administered by the tech...

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analyze the american housing survey (ahs) with r

June 17, 2014
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plenty of nationwide surveys collect information at the household-level, only the american housing survey (ahs) focuses on the physical structure rather than the inhabitants.  when asked to pick their favorite public-use file, urban planners, real...

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analyze the medicare current beneficiary survey (mcbs) with r

May 27, 2014
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for over two decades now, researchers at cms have produced the definitive complex sample survey dataset of americans covered by medicare: the medicare current beneficiary survey (mcbs).  i bristle with righteous indignation when healthcare researc...

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analyze the censo demografico no brasil (censo) with r and monetdb

May 6, 2014
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almost a century older than its own capital city, the decennial censo demografico no brasil (censo) forms the basis of every major survey product in the country.  the pesquisa nacional por amostra de domicilios (pnad), the pesquisa de orcamentos f...

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analyze the european social survey (ess) with r

March 31, 2014
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with more than a decade of microdata aimed at gauging the political mood across european nations, the european social survey (ess) allows scientists like you to examine socio-demographic shifts among broad groups all the way down to pirate party (pirat...

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analyze the national household travel survey (nhts) with r and monetdb

March 18, 2014
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if you've ever gotten stuck in traffic and started wondering what data might be available to better design the network of roads and rail, rev your engines for the national household travel survey (nhts).  dating back to the same decade as eisenhow...

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