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Re: st: Dropping observations so sample is proportionate to population

From   Maarten Buis <>
Subject   Re: st: Dropping observations so sample is proportionate to population
Date   Thu, 8 Sep 2011 09:57:41 +0200

On Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 7:38 PM, Michael Goodwin wrote:
> I will be working with a new sample dataset and I would like to drop
> observations in this new dataset so that the proportions of a
> particulary dummy (in this case "type) are roughly equal to those
> present in the population dataset. The goal of this exercise is to
> have the distribution of "types" be as similar as possible to the
> population dataset.

Sounds to me like you want to do something similar to
post-stratification weights, except that with these weights
observations aren't dropped but weighted up or down such that the
weighted proportions match known proportions in the population. You
can compute post-stratification weights with Nick Winter's -survwgt-,
which you can get by typing in Stata -ssc install survwgt-.

Hope this helps,

Maarten L. Buis
Institut fuer Soziologie
Universitaet Tuebingen
Wilhelmstrasse 36
72074 Tuebingen
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