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Values Not in Documentation [message #23533] Fri, 01 October 2021 19:46 Go to next message
sophia.ayele is currently offline  sophia.ayele
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I have found two values in DHS-VII household recode data that I can't find in the documentation. I am consulting the DHS-VII Household Recode Map: https://dhsprogram.com/pubs/pdf/DHSG4/Recode7_Map_31Aug2018_ DHSG4.pdf and the DHS-7 Guide to DHS Statistics: https://dhsprogram.com/pubs/pdf/DHSG1/Guide_to_DHS_Statistic s_DHS-7_v2.pdf.

- In the Pakistan 2017/18 DHS Household Recode the variable HV201 ("Source of Drinking Water") includes the value 63, but this is not listed in the recode map. What does this value correspond to?
- In the Philippines 2017 DHS Household Recode the variable HV205 ("Type of Toilet Facility") includes the value 71, but this is not listed in the recode map. What does this value correspond to?

Both of the above columns contain the category "Other". Are you able to provide any insight into what types of water sources and toilet facilities might be included in the "Other" categories?

Thank you very much.
Re: Values Not in Documentation [message #23542 is a reply to message #23533] Mon, 04 October 2021 16:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Bridgette-DHS is currently offline  Bridgette-DHS
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Please use the codebook (.map file) that are within the zip files you downloaded - open them in any text editor. The information you are looking for are there:

Pakistan 2017/18 HV201 ("Source of Drinking Water") value 63 Filtration plant
Philippines 2017 DHS HV205 ("Type of Toilet Facility") value 71 Public toilet

Regarding the "other", these are response where it's possible that the interviewer didn't take enough time, or the household had more than one water source. Generally, at the time of closing the data processing activities for a survey, the "others" are analyzed and reclassified into existing categories; or into newly created ones if the number of cases for a category not included in the questionnaire is significant. There might be reasons for leaving some cases as "other".

It's suggested that you deal with "Other" by imputing the most common (modal) response in the cluster.
Re: Values Not in Documentation [message #23557 is a reply to message #23542] Wed, 06 October 2021 12:20 Go to previous message
sophia.ayele is currently offline  sophia.ayele
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Thank you very much!
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