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all syntax to download and analyze publicly-available survey microdata confirmed to work on windows, macintosh, and unix systems

March 31, 2015
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the creators of monetdb at centrum wiskunde and informatica generously provided me with a unix shell account to test out each of the scripts in the repository.  much of my code already worked across platforms, but i have finished tweaking and test...

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maps and the art of survey-weighted maintenance

December 9, 2014
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maps and the art of survey-weighted maintenance

introducing swmap: cartography with complex survey data. this collection of publicly-available r syntax implements granular geographic variation visualizations similar to those seen in the popular press without compromising on survey methodology.thanks to david rae, paul regular, joseph larmarange, djalma pessoa, hadley wickham, thomas lumley, john baumgartner, viviane quintaes,

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analyze the national longitudinal surveys (nls) with r

November 25, 2014
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as the oldest panel survey out there, the bureau of labor statistics' national longitudinal surveys (nls) have been operating so long that justin bieber's grandparents might be too young (and also too legally canadian) to have participated in the initi...

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analyze the national incident-based reporting system (nibrs) with r and monetdb

November 11, 2014
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in 2012, more than one quarter of the united states population lived in the jurisdiction of a police department that submitted details about every crime to a central repository maintained by the fbi.  a production of the uniform crime reports (ucr) program, the national incident-based reporting system (nibrs) compiles statistics from police agencies in thirty five states...

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analyze the social security administration’s national beneficiary survey (nbs) with r

October 28, 2014
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above and beyond its namesake roosevelt-era retirement safety net, the social security administration oversees two federal programs - social security disability insurance and supplemental security insurance.  currently covering more than ten milli...

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analyze the public libraries survey (pls) with r

October 14, 2014
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each and every year, the institute of museum and library services coaxes librarians around the country to put down their handheld "shhhh..." sign and fill out a detailed online questionnaire about their central library, branch, even bookmobile.  t...

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seeking altruistic social scientists, demographers, survey researchers

September 30, 2014
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seeking altruistic social scientists, demographers, survey researchers

hi everyone, please share this:  if you are an experienced user of a publicly-available survey data set from any country or international organization, let's work together on some user-friendly code and a short blog post for http://asdfree.com.&nb...

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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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