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Re: st: svy: tabulate or proportions

From   Steven Samuels <>
Subject   Re: st: svy: tabulate or proportions
Date   Tue, 29 Jul 2008 08:28:24 -0500

To describe your sample, use ordinary, non-survey, commands. Survey commands are intended to estimate characteristics of the sampled population, not the sample itself. To me, the most important descriptor of a sample cell is the number of observations.

On Jul 25, 2008, at 2:01 PM, Chao Yawo wrote:


I am using svy commands to analyze a DHS dataset.

As a usual prerequisite, I want to run some descriptive statistics on
my sample.  I can use the regular tabulate or fre command to produce
frequency distributions.

However, I realized that svy has a "tabulate" or "proportions" option
that could produce frequency distributions/estimates per variable.  I
run both and realized slight differences between the two frequencies

Which one should I use - I am leaning towards using the one with the
svy: prefix.

I would appreciate any thoughts and pointers.

thanks - CY.
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