Support #1118

f_closenum filtering issues

Added by Ella Moonan-Howard over 5 years ago. Updated over 3 years ago.

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To whom it may concern,

I have been having some issues with understanding the f_closenum variable for the number of close friends an individual has. It appears online that the UNIVERSE for this question specifies that it is only asked if the individual has already said that they either have friends in f_simage or identify their family as friends in f_simfam. However, there are several respondents that are coded as having no friends in these filtering questions (value 5) and yet reporting having several friends for f_closenum.

If you could please clarify who is filtered out of this questions and why these inconsistencies have emerged that would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance



Updated by Stephanie Auty over 5 years ago

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Many thanks for your enquiry. The Understanding Society team is looking into it and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Best wishes,
Stephanie Auty - Understanding Society User Support Officer


Updated by Stephanie Auty over 5 years ago

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Updated by Stephanie Auty over 5 years ago

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Dear Ella,

I have checked the data and do not find this issue. For all respondents where both f_simfam and f_simage have the value of 5, f_closenum is missing, coded as -9.

Please try re-downloading the most recent version of the data and let us know if you are still having a problem.

Best wishes,


Updated by Ella Moonan-Howard over 5 years ago

Thank you Stephanie,

I have now realised I was getting confused at the distinction between AND and OR, from the website I was under the impression it was an OR filter, but it is an AND filter in the data. Now I have realised this it is consistent in my files.
Thank you for highlighting this to me,

All the best,


Updated by Alita Nandi over 3 years ago

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