Presentation on theme: "Statistics means never having to say you are certain Working with Remote Numbers E. Hamilton Atlantic DLI Training February 28, 2003."— Presentation transcript:
Statistics means never having to say you are certain Working with Remote Numbers E. Hamilton Atlantic DLI Training February 28, 2003
How do I find the numbers I need? I.Define your topic II.Identify your unit of analysis and constraints III.Check for articles to see what files have been used & concept definitions [*literature search*]
How do I find data files? IV.Who is likely to have been interested in collecting this? V.Use the tools! [Guides, databases, documentation, and search engines] VI.Check Data Services home page for your library
Stats Canada: How do I find… Discrete Statistics: www.statcan.ca Public Use Microdata Files STC Online catalogue DLI home page IDLS, LANDRU, etc. Time series data: CANSIM II STC E-STAT CHASS Census 1996 & 2001 STC E-STAT UAlberta
Census 2001 Option 1: Use Census link on STC page Option 2: Use Census link on E-STAT Option 3: Use detailed tables on University of Alberta site (coming soon)
www.statcan.ca Census! Catalogue
Census 2001: STC Some of our favourite bits!
Census 2001: STC The power of topic based searching! Yum!
Census 2001: STC Search by census variable or place name
To get geography- based tables, beyond the standard profiles…
Census 2001: STC Its a browse list really…but it works!
Census 2001: E-STAT
Surfing through IDLS
And Vince sends Greetings! IDLS variable description search…
Time Series: CANSIM II Three options: STC web site CHASS E-STAT Which do I use???
Time Series: CANSIM II Multi-dimensional (relational database) Organized into tables (themes) Deliver by vectors (time series) or table subsets Accessed by keyword search, broad subject, or by table/vector number
CANSIM IICOSTUPDATEDTABLES & TIME SERIES OUTPUT OPTIONS COMMENTS Statistics Canada Web $$$Updated 23 Jan. 2003 1,690 tables 13,200,293 vectors MultipleFor commercial use; no data without dollars; good for finding out how many vectors exist CANSIM II via E-STAT No fee for on-site use Updated June 2002 1,600 tables >10 million vectors Table options : Bar graph Pie chart Html table Csv Prn Sk1 Databeacon cube B2020 Shows multi- dimensionality; limit to 1000 series at a time CANSIM II via CHASS (UT) No fee for UNB Libraries faculty and students Updated 21 January 2003 1,690 tables 13,200,293 vectors Time series options Plain Spreadsheet CSV SAS Shazam SPSS RATS TSP TSPterse Up to date time series focus; multidimensionality more difficult to see; more difficult to extract large numbers of series CANSIM II: Comparative Flavours
CANSIM II: E-STAT
Subject approach CANSIM II: E-STAT
Use drop-down menu to get all variables The new Data Beacon CANSIM II: E-STAT