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Ghana 2104 getting started [message #10493] Fri, 29 July 2016 15:29 Go to next message
KEKS is currently offline  KEKS
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I am having trouble just understanding what each variable name in the dataset represents. When I refer to the recode manual, not all the variable names are listed. What am I missing?

Thank you!
Re: Ghana 2104 getting started [message #10494 is a reply to message #10493] Fri, 29 July 2016 16:59 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Liz-DHS
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Dear User,
Please take a look at the documentation which was distributed with the dataset you are working with. It is also attached with this post. This will give you specific information regarding this survey's data set. It also includes a list of country specific variables. They normally start with the letter "S". Thank you!
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Re: Ghana 2104 getting started [message #10495 is a reply to message #10494] Fri, 29 July 2016 17:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
KEKS is currently offline  KEKS
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Thank you! I saw this, but is there anything more detailed? Something that shows us what each variable means and what each response would correspond to?
Re: Ghana 2104 getting started [message #10496 is a reply to message #10495] Fri, 29 July 2016 17:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Liz-DHS
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Dear User,
You can take a look at the MAP file GHIR70.MAP and also take a look at the questionnaire in the back on the final report. Country specific variables generally follow what is in the questionnaire as far the value labels. Take a look at this variable from the map file.

SH34                   How often to read                                 78    1    N    I    1    0   No   No
                               1  Few times a week
                               2  Once a week
                               3  Once a month
                               4  Every six months
                               5  Nobody reads
                               6  Other
                               8  Don't know
                           (m) 9  Missing
                          (na)    Not applicable
Re: Ghana 2104 getting started [message #10615 is a reply to message #10496] Wed, 17 August 2016 18:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Trevor-DHS is currently offline  Trevor-DHS
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The SAS datasets should include formats that specify the labels for each value. I'm not a user of SAS, so I'm not sure exactly how these work. However, alternatively, in the zip file for the SAS versions you will find a .SAS file that includes all of the format statements that specify the labels.
Re: Ghana 2104 getting started [message #14594 is a reply to message #10495] Sun, 22 April 2018 02:27 Go to previous message
kingx025 is currently offline  kingx025
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The Ghana 2014 dataset is included in IPUMS-DHS, and you can use the "Sample Selection" feature to only show variables from that sample. From the select data page, choose your unit of analysis and then look at variables as displayed in the drop-down topical menus. If you click on the name of a variable (including the original DHS name for the variable), you will be brought to extensive information about the variable, including the (unweight4ed) codes and frequencies, the meaning of the variable, who was included in variable (universe), and the question text. To get started using the IPUMS-DHS website, consult the beginners User Guide, here:
https://internal.idhsdata.org/idhs/user_guide.shtml

Some of the country-specific variables for this sample haven't been included in IPUMS-DHS yet, but you can learn a lot about many of the variables by consulting the website and variable-specific documentation.


Miriam King


Dr. Miriam King
IPUMS-DHS Project Manager (www.idhsdata.org)
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