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st: How to find out if there are different variables in different wavesof survey data


From   "Sam Rawlings, Social Sciences and Law 03" <sr3209@bristol.ac.uk>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: How to find out if there are different variables in different wavesof survey data
Date   Tue, 22 Aug 2006 10:40:12 +0100

Dear Statalisters,

I have data on the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) for India for two waves of the survey - 92-93 and 98-99. The data I have is pooled for these two waves and I have a dummy variable for each survey (named NFHS92 and NFHS98) where the dummy var = 1 if the observation came from that wave and = 0 if it did not (i.e. NFHS92 is the dummy for the 92 survey, and all obs which are from 1992 have NFHS92=1).

My question is this: I would like to know if there are some variables which are present in one survey but not the other - and am wondering whether there is a way this could be done in Stata.

Currently I am just describing the data by the group NFHS92 - this results in a (very) lengthy list of vars and I am looking for cases where N=0 as indication that that variable is not present in a particular wave of the survey. Is there an easier, or perhaps more sophisticated way to do this, with less output?

Any help would be appreciated,

Sam Rawlings

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SB Rawlings, Social Sciences and Law 03
sr3209@bristol.ac.uk
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