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Date:         Mon, 24 Jul 2006 05:52:15 -0700
Reply-To:     Albert-jan Roskam <>
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From:         Albert-jan Roskam <>
Subject:      weighted numbers
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Dear all,

I want to calculate the relative proportions of people within educational categories, stratified by sex and country. I use a standardized weight that corrects for sample selection bias. Could anybody tell me why-oh-why the two methods listed below yield (slightly) different results? The N function of the aggregate counts the weighed number of cases within the break group. So why are the AGGREGATE results identical to the output I get using SUMMARIZE with an UNweighted sample? Am I missing something?

Thanks a lot in advance!


weight by w_plus.

** Method 1. compute dummy = 1. summarize tables = dummy by sex by country3 by educat / cells = npct (educat).

** Method 2. aggregate outfile = "d:\temp\tmp.sav" / break = sex country3 educat / n = n. aggregate outfile = * / break = sex country3 / n_tot = n. match files table = * / file = "d:\temp\tmp.sav" / by = sex country3. compute pct = (n / n_tot ) * 100. exe.

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