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SADC Course in Statistics Common complications when analysing survey data Module I3 Sessions 14 to 16

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Objectives of these three sessions You should be able to: Explain why weights are sometimes needed in analysing survey data Produce weighted tables of counts and other statistics Suggest ways of adjusting analyses when there are missing values Analyse multiple response data Cope with data containing zero values

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Contents Review Why these sessions? There can be zero values That may have to be analysed separately Multiple responses are common and are an example of data at multiple levels Weights are often needed Because observations represent different fractions of the population Missing values can distort an analysis Simple options are explored

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Review Describe data well can use Excel, or a statistics package we repeat briefly, with a statistics package Real data sets introduce surprises in analysis That are not present with artificial training exercises They need practice during training courses Or they will be a problem to analyse later But some complications are predictable And very common Like multiple response questions, or the need for weights These are the complications we cover here

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How to describe data well – (repeat slide) Look for oddities in the data and be prepared to adapt the summaries that you calculate Study the data as tables and graphs Use frequencies and percentages to summarize categorical variables Use averages and measures of variability to summarize numeric variables Identify any structure in the data and use it in producing your summaries

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Look at the data (repeat slide) The 2 types of variable are summarized in different ways

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Analysis to meet objectives (repeat slide) Simple objectives Not so simple objectives

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Meeting simple objectives (repeat slide) These summaries were made with Instat – see practical 1

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Answering more complicated objectives AND explaining some of the variability These were also with Instat

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Practicals 1 and 2 Practical 1 Reviews the construction of tables Using a statistics package Particularly to look at percentages Because percentages have to be understood clearly to analyse multiple response data Practical 2 Looks at the analysis of data containing zeros And shows that calculating averages needs to be done carefully, when there is structure in the data Both practicals give more practice In the use of a statistics package

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Zero values Zeros may be are a simple part of the data For example: List the assets – radio, bicycle, etc Some may have zero assets Often however zero is a special value And should be analysed in a special way Examples: How many livestock do you have? What was your yield of maize? How much rain fell yesterday? What is different here?

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Example Obs. Value Possible analysis Total = 30 n = 10 mean = 3 median = 2 etc This does nothing special The zeros are analysed with all the other values

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Example continued Obs. Value Alternative analysis Total = 30 n = 10 number of zeros = 4 proportion of zeros = 0.4 (40%) n = 6 are non-zero mean = 5 of the non-zero values median = 5.5 etc

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Which is better? As usual both are valid It depends on the precise objective And on the type of data Often the 2-step analysis is appropriate The data are split into 2 For example: Do you have cattle? Then (if you do) how many do you have? Analysis 60% of farmers owned cattle Among the cattle owners, the mean was 5 per household

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Multiple response questions? From Tanzania agricultural survey These are NOT multiple responses because the question asks for the main source Ask for ALL sources used to make it multiple response

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Multiple responses? Not multiple response Multiple response You may own more than 1 asset

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Livestock survey examples

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Analysis of multiple responses For individual species it is easy What % keep cattle? What % keep sheep? Nothing special needed Looking at all species together Needs thought what % keep livestock does livestock keeping depend on type of household

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Practicals 3 and 4 Multiple response analysis Using a simple example With three different layouts of the data Then some real examples! Using data from the Tanzania agriculture survey

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Introducing weights Suppose a sample of 2 farmers Farmer Yield A1 t/ha B2 t/ha What is the mean? Obviously it is (1 + 2)/2 = 1.5 t/ha! But…

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Introducing weights - continued Suppose a sample of 2 farmers FarmerArea YieldProduction A 5 ha1 t/ha5 tons B 0.5 ha2 t/ha1 ton Now what is the mean? It could still be (1 + 2)/2 = 1.5 t/ha Or it could be (5 + 1)/5.5 = 1.1 t/ha

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But which is right? They are both right, but they answer different questions Take food security Are you interested in the farmer Or the production Or both If the farmer is the unit of interest Then there are 2 farmers The mean is 1.5 If the area is the unit of interest Then there are 5.5 ha And Farmer A is 10 times as important as farmer B So a weighted mean is produced

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The weighted mean So if the area is of interest – then with FarmerArea Yield A 5 ha1 t/ha B 0.5 ha2 t/ha Weight each yield by the area it represents mean = (1*5 + 2*0.5)/5.5 = 1.1 Here the areas are the weights They are used when different observations represent different proportions of the population

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Weights in the Tanzania agriculture survey The number of people in the population represented by each observation It was roughly a 1% sample, so the weights are about 100 The technical guide explains the calculations

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Practical 5 Weights using a statistics package First the rice survey Weighting by the size of field Then the Tanzania agriculture survey Investigate ownership of radios By sex of household head And then by type of farming household

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Possession of radio by type of farming Unweighted analysis The observed numbers and percentages in the sample Look at livestock – but numbers small

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Possession of radio by type of farming Weighted analysis The estimated numbers and percentages in the region of Tanzania Look at livestock now – what do you conclude?

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Why such a large change with weighting? Examine the weights for these 2 groups Average weight = 60Average weight = 20 So estimated % with radio = 100*(42*20)/(10*60+42*20) = 59%

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And always take care with small numbers Large sample overall But still a small sample of livestock-only farmers

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Missing values Survey of countries on principles of official statistics Non-response is one form of missing value Here 82 of the 194 countries did not respond

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More missing values This non-response is missing responses to questions within the 112 who responded overall

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Practical 6: Non-response and missing values The data on the principles of official statistics are re-analysed in a new way Which adjusts for the missing values The countries who did not respond Then the missing values are considered Within the responses that were available

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Coping with missing values They should be stated in the reporting Which they were in the report on the principles Can they be ignored? Often the missing values are simply ignored The analysis of the principles ignores them If their absence is uninformative Then ignoring them is usually OK Otherwise you could look to compensate We show one way here By using a weighted analysis The main message is to think carefully Dont be quick to let the computer impute values

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Non-response in the Principles survey The adjustment may present a fairer picture Of the 194 countries But it adds a worrying component Would it be better to present the results separately For each type of country? And the 15 countries from the Least Developed group Have a large weight To compensate for those that are missing

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Missing values within the data There are also a few missing values For example Principle 4 has only 11 responses Here there is much more information From the other responses from this country Possible actions are: 1.Do nothing That was how the results that were reported There are so few missing Any adjustment will make very little difference 2.Change the weights For the questions with missing values 3.Impute missing values Simply, or using special software

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Can you now? Cope with data containing zero values Explain why weights are sometimes needed in analysing survey data Produce weighted tables of counts and other statistics Suggest ways of adjusting analyses when there are missing values Analyse multiple response data

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The next sessions are to practice in groups all you have covered here so far

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