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Calculation of standard error of stunting at small subpopulation such as district Sat, 17 June 2017 13:06
 sd535 Messages: 5Registered: March 2013 Location: Wollongong, NSW, Australi... Member
Hi,
I wish to calculate proportion of stunted children for the micro-level administrative units like district and sub-districts with their standard errors. I followed the usual method of complex survey method in SPSS. The problem I found that for the sub-population having single cluster the design effect is zero and also the standard error is zero. The SPSS plan code is given below.

COMPUTE WGT=V005/1000000.
EXECUTE .

* Analysis Preparation Wizard.
CSPLAN ANALYSIS
/PLANVARS ANALYSISWEIGHT=WGT
/SRSESTIMATOR TYPE=WR
/PRINT PLAN
/DESIGN STRATA=V023 CLUSTER=V001
/ESTIMATOR TYPE=WR.

May be I need the exact way for obtaining the standard error. If I avoid the sample design and use sampling weight only, I obtain the same estimates as I found using sampple design but the standard error is not now zero. Thus the issue is the design effect for the small sub-population. Is there any way to avoid such computation problem.

If I am working correctly and the results are theoretically reasonable, can you please inform me the exact reasons.

If there is any other technique, please suggest e hw can I solve the problem.

Regards,
Sumonkanti Das

Sumonkanti Das
Re: Calculation of standard error of stunting at small subpopulation such as district [message #12587 is a reply to message #12583] Mon, 19 June 2017 07:39
 Bridgette-DHS Messages: 1763Registered: February 2013 Senior Member

Following is a response from Senior DHS Stata Specialist, Tom Pullum:

This is an SPSS question, not a DHS question, and almost no one at DHS uses SPSS. If you were using Stata, the syntax would be much simpler and you could use the "singleunit()" option, which has been described earlier on the forum. I have no idea what you would do in SPSS.

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