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merging HW ans KR data for 1994 zimbabwe [message #15284] Mon, 25 June 2018 08:54 Go to next message
chifum is currently offline  chifum
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Hello, please could you help me with the code for merging the HW and the KR file for Zimbabwe 1994 dataset. Thanks a lot!
Re: merging HW and KR data for 1994 zimbabwe [message #15289 is a reply to message #15284] Mon, 25 June 2018 14:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Bridgette-DHS is currently offline  Bridgette-DHS
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There are similar forum posts on merging. One such example is post no 1445.
Re: merging HW ans KR data for 1994 zimbabwe [message #15373 is a reply to message #15284] Sun, 08 July 2018 21:10 Go to previous message
kingx025 is currently offline  kingx025
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IPUMS-DHS has done the merging between separate file types so researchers don't have to do this merging themselves. Specifically, when the child anthropometry data are given in a separate file, or the wealth index data are in a separate file, IPUMS-DHS does the merging to the standard file types, such as the KR child files. In addition, we merge the mother's record and the record for the mother's household to the child (or birth) file, so you can get the household variables, all the mother's characteristics, the anthropometric child data, and the wealth index data for child records in IPUMS-DHS without doing any merging yourself.

Here is the list of variables available for Zimbabwe 1994 for child anthropometry when children (KR file) is selected as the unit of analysis:
Look for X's in the column headed Zimbw 1994: nthro_kidanthro

You can go to the IPUMS-DHS website (, log in with your DHS username and password, create a customized data file with just the variables you need and in the format you prefer, and download your data "extract" to your computer for analysis. If you would have worked with the KR file for the original DHS files, choose "children' as your unit of analysis on the IPUMS-DHS website.

Miriam King

Dr. Miriam King
IPUMS-DHS Project Manager (
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