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st: dhs data in stata number of obs and population size

From   Michele Savini Zangrandi <>
Subject   st: dhs data in stata number of obs and population size
Date   Tue, 17 May 2011 18:42:35 +0200

This is a question to anyone who has some familiarity with the DHS survey.

I am trying to use dhs survey data in stata, but am unsure on how to
parametrize it correctly,

So far, using the household members recode file, I have done the following

pweight: w3
VCE: linearized
Single unit: missing
Strata 1: hv022
SU 1: hv021
FPC 1: <zero>

where w3=hv005/1000000

Under this parametrization, when I issue an "svy: tab" command for any
variable, Stata reports a population size very similar to the number
of observations. This seems a little strange to me. I am doing
something wrong?

I would really appreciate your help.


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