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Steven Joel Hirsch Samuels <sjhsamuels@earthlink.net> |

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Re: st: question about weights in histograms |

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Wed, 10 Oct 2007 12:16:46 -0400 |

Round the weights to the nearest integer and use these as frequency weights. -histogram- is not a survey command and so is unaffected by -svyset-. The results will be nearly identical to what you would get if you estimated the per cent in each category using -svy: proportion-. By the way, in most complex surveys the weights have been trimmed to reduce total error: bias^2 + se^2. So you cannot expect 'unbiased' estimates even with the original weights.

-Steve

On Oct 10, 2007, at 12:02 PM, Scott Cunningham wrote:

I am using 5% Census and March CPS data (United States) to construct histograms. These data include probability weights. I know that histogram can adjust for frequency weights, but apparently not explicitly for probability weights that are not integers. If I -svyset- the data using the perweight, will -histogram- construct unbiased estimates of the population? Here is my code . svyset [perweight=perwt] . histogram tax, by(white, col(1)) percent where "tax" is an income tax variable, and the data is individual-level for the March CPS. For the Census, I use a different variable isntead of "tax" and the data is household-level instead.

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**Follow-Ups**:**Re: st: question about weights in histograms***From:*"Austin Nichols" <austinnichols@gmail.com>

**References**:**st: question about weights in histograms***From:*"Scott Cunningham" <scunning@gmail.com>

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