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RE: st: stata and spss output


From   "Nick Winter" <nwinter@policystudies.com>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: stata and spss output
Date   Mon, 31 Mar 2003 10:02:28 -0500

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ernest Berkhout [mailto:ernestb@seo.fee.uva.nl] 
> Sent: Monday, March 31, 2003 10:05 AM
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Subject: Re: st: stata and spss output
> 
> 
> At 10:24 31-3-2003, you wrote:
> > From
> >memory, SPSS was doing things incorrectly; it was using the weighted
> >sample size, rather than actual number of obs.  (Stata got things
> >right.)
> 
> There have been reports of SPSS sometimes 'ignoring' very low 
> weighted 
> frequencies... (I actually saw it doing that)
> 

At least under some conditions, SPSS seems to round weights to the
nearest integer.

My experience leads me to say that SPSS should be avoided at all costs,
especially when you've got survey weights.

Nick Winter


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