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Weighting for subgroups vs. entire population [message #7089] Fri, 21 August 2015 11:34 Go to next message
sseyoum is currently offline  sseyoum
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I am using the EDHS 2000, EDHS 2005 and EDHS 2011 to look into the trends of WASH. I am using only household data. I am using SPSS.

Do I have to apply weight when preforming simple descriptive statistics and cross tabulation using variables representing population subgroups such as urban/rural, different regions of the country (administrative regions/states)?
How about when using the entire population e.g. to see proportion of the population with access to improved water?

Thank you

Re: Weighting for subgroups vs. entire population [message #7090 is a reply to message #7089] Fri, 21 August 2015 13:56 Go to previous message
Bridgette-DHS is currently offline  Bridgette-DHS
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Following is a response from Senior Data Processing Specialist, Noureddine Abderrahim:

You need to use the weights anytime you want to get representative figures. The weights to use depends on the population target such as HV005 for the household characteristics, V005 for women and MV005 for men. Always divide the weight variable by 1,000,000 before applying it. The weights in DHS data files have been normalized so that the total number of weighted cases equals the total number of unweighted cases.
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