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Question on Birth and Religion Variables [message #7105] Mon, 24 August 2015 09:48 Go to next message
jml967 is currently offline  jml967
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I am using the DRC Dataset to practice different types of regressions and I had a few questions on your variables.

First, what is birth order, birth history, birth column, index to birth history and both interval? What is a child's line number? What are the difference between those?
Also what is the different between respondent's religion versus just religion?
Re: Question on Birth and Religion Variables [message #7106 is a reply to message #7105] Mon, 24 August 2015 10:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Dear User,
For the best description of these variables, please refer to The Standard Recode Manual,http:// ires-and-manuals.cfm Thank you!
Re: Question on Birth and Religion Variables [message #14586 is a reply to message #7105] Sun, 22 April 2018 00:49 Go to previous message
kingx025 is currently offline  kingx025
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You can also learn more about variables by checking the variable-specific documentation on the IPUMS-DHS website (at Click on "select data," choose the appropriate unit of analysis, and then use the Search function to find "variable descriptions" for variables of interest. Each of the thousands of variables in IPUMS-DHS includes online codes and frequencies, a description of the meaning of the variable and comparability issues, links to the related question wording, and information on who answered (or was included in) this variable. You can also locate variables of interest using the drop-down menu organized by topics. For guidance on using the website effectively, see the User Guide for beginners at:

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