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st: PWEIGHT question

From   "Charles Man@CCR" <>
Subject   st: PWEIGHT question
Date   Fri, 15 May 2009 14:50:13 +0800

Dear subscribers,


I am new to STATA. I want to know how to use pweight option.


I have a small telephone survey dataset of 500 cases which were randomly drawn from a population of 7 million people. The dataset was weighted according to income and sex distributions of the population. In Stata, do I need to include [pw=weight] in all analyses? In SPSS, people simply choose WEIGHT BY and don’t have to be concerned about the weight type. However, in Stata, we have to determine which weight type is appropriate. Is it Pweight or Fweight useful in my situation? Which one is the most appropriate?


I look forward to your advice. Thanks a lot.


Best Regards,



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