Support #735

Weighting reducing sample numbers

Added by Kirsty Tiernan over 6 years ago. Updated over 6 years ago.

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As advised in the user guide, if you want to generalise to the UK population then weighting should be applied. I am using Wave 5 individual adult data so therefore applied the relevant weight to my sample.
My overalls sample before weighting was around 20,000 due to removing missing cases etc. of variables I was using. Then when I weighted using the prescribed variable, my sample reduced to just over 19,000.
Can you please tell me the basis on which this has been reduced so I can filter my data.

Thank you



Updated by Victoria Nolan over 6 years ago

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Dear Kirsty,

Many thanks for your enquiry. This has been passed on to our weighting team who will get back to you shortly.

Best wishes, Victoria

On behalf of the Understanding Society Data User Support Team


Updated by Peter Lynn over 6 years ago

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Sorry for slow reply. The provision of weights requires the ability to estimate probabilities of continuing to respond over multiple waves. This is true of cross-sectional weights as well as longitudinal ones, as they are derived from the longitudinal ones (how thi8s was done is described in section of the User Guide). In consequence, a person in a household where there is no person who has been enumerated at every wave (up to wave 5, in your case) will get a weight of zero. Such people should not be given a weight, as the weights for all other sample members are calculated in a way that compensates for these "missing" people.

You should not need to apply any additional filtering to your analysis, as this is done automatically by application of the weights.



Updated by Victoria Nolan over 6 years ago

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