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What is hvidx? [message #15179] Wed, 13 June 2018 11:58 Go to next message is currently offline
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In DHS survey, I've noticed one variable named 'hidx/hvidx', which literally expressed as 'Line number of the household member'.
But can anybody explain this in broad?
I mean, what does it mean when 'hidx/hvidx = 1' ?

Thank you in Advance

Re: What is hvidx? [message #15286 is a reply to message #15179] Mon, 25 June 2018 13:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Bridgette-DHS is currently offline  Bridgette-DHS
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The Recode Manual provides the information necessary to understand the variables/datasets. It describes each data file and the variables contained in them.
Re: What is hvidx? [message #15371 is a reply to message #15179] Sun, 08 July 2018 20:43 Go to previous message
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Another way to check the meaning of a variable is to use the Search function on the IPUMS-DHS website (at

Based on the search that I just did, HVIDX is "line number of person in the household" in the household member (PR) file. An alternative name for this variable in IPUMS-DHS is HHLINENO. ription_section

HIDX appears in IPUMS-DHS as the variable for "Health history index to birth history" when children are the unit of analysis (KR file). ion_section

Normally the household head occupies line number 1 in the household listing, so it seems unlikely that the two variables (HVIDX and HIDX) would have a value of 1 referring to the same person. The DHS variable for the line number of the woman respondent, specified in the IR file, is V003 (also called LINENO in IPUMS-DHS).

Miriam King

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