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st: svyset command, pweight value?

From   Mikkel Høiberg <>
Subject   st: svyset command, pweight value?
Date   Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:44:37 +0200

Dear Stata listers,

I am workning on survey data, where reveivers of the quesionnaire were
drawn from the total Norwegian population, the total number of which
is known.
The number of questionnaires sent out were stratified by age-decade to
ensure higher total number of responses in the youngest and eldest
part of the population and to correct for expected lower response
rates in these subgroups.

As far as i understand, I am to use the svyset command for survey data
to prevent falsely low standard deviations and thus false positive
statistical associations.

I intend to create a dummy variable for the svyset command.

However: how should this dummy variable be constructed?

As an example: for women between 40 and 50 years, the total female
population in question is 360.114. 1250 questionnaires were sent out,
635 received.
Could I code a dummy variable with the value 360144* 635/1250 =
182.935 for this agegroup?
An then do the same calculations for other subgroups?
Or should I use the inverse value?
Or a third option?

Your help is very much appreciated!

Mikkel Høiberg
MD, ph.d. student, University of Southern Denmark

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