Volume 56 - Number 3 - Fall 1990

T. Machine-Readable Data Files (MRDF)

References to data of demographic interest that are stored in machine-readable form. All MRDFs coded under this heading are cross-referenced to specific subject categories as appropriate. Articles concerned with the availability of MRDFs are also included.

56:30803 Calhoun, Charles A. DDMSLT: a computer program for estimating the duration-dependent multistate life table model. IIASA Working Paper, No. WP-88-124, Dec 1988. vii, 10 pp. International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis [IIASA]: Laxenburg, Austria. In Eng.
"This paper is in line with recent IIASA efforts to generalize the life table approach to account for at least two relevant demographic time dimensions (age and duration). It presents a computer program that conveniently estimates the duration-dependent multi-state life table model which was suggested in earlier papers by Douglas Wolf."
For the article by Wolf, published in 1988, see 54:40163.
Correspondence: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

56:30804 Evinger, William R. Federal statistical data bases: a comprehensive catalog of current machine-readable and online files. ISBN 0-89774-255-9. LC 86-42609. 1988. 688 pp. Oryx Press: Phoenix, Arizona. In Eng.
This volume "is a guide for helping users of [U.S.] federal data locate information made available in machine-readable form....[It] brings together in one publication nearly 2,500 abstracts describing statistical and related data files, focusing primarily on statistical information available on computer tape. Statistical information on diskettes and online are also covered, but not in as extensive detail. It integrates the various federal agency sources for such information....This Catalog is the successor to the Department of Commerce's 1981 Directory of Federal Statistical Data Files....To the extent made possible by information found in agency materials, the abstract for each file covers the following items: title of the file, general description of the file contents, geographic coverage of the data, the time period for the data, technical characteristics of the computer file, reference materials, related reports, related files, an agency contact, and availability information."
Correspondence: Oryx Press, 2214 North Central at Encanto, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1483. Location: Princeton University Library (DOCS).

56:30805 MHConsulting (Geneva, Switzerland). MACBETH socio-economic package for human resource planning in developing countries. Version 1.1. May 1990. 38 pp. Geneva, Switzerland. In Eng.
"The Macbeth socio-economic package for human resource planning in developing countries is a programming system written in Turbo-Pascal to be run on personal computers like IMB PC and compatibles. Its purpose is to project population, number of educated people, the size and cost of the schooling system as well as balances between supply and demand of labour of various education levels and occupations. Although the techniques used are applicable to any country, the target is primarily developing countries."
Correspondence: MHConsulting, 4 Rue J-J Schaub, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland.

56:30806 Prastacos, Poulicos; Karjalainen, Pertti. An information system for analyzing census data on microcomputers. Ekistics, Vol. 56, No. 338-339, Sep-Dec 1989. 262-6 pp. Athens, Greece. In Eng.
The authors describe a software program called CeDAR, for Census Data Analysis and Retrieval System, which is "a microcomputer-based census information system that can be used to retrieve, display, manipulate and analyze published data from the 1980 U.S. Census and other geographic databases." General characteristics, sequence of operation, and availability of CeDAR are discussed.
Correspondence: P. Prastacos, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. Location: Princeton University Library (UES).

56:30807 United States. Bureau of the Census (Washington, D.C.). Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). 1986 full panel microdata research file [MRDF]. 1990. Washington, D.C. In Eng.
"The file contains basic demographic, social, and economic characteristics data for each member of the household [in the United States] during the first seven interviews of the 1986 Panel of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). These include age, sex, race...ethnic origin...marital status, household relationship, education, and veteran status....Core questions, which are repeated at each interview, cover monthly labor force activity, types and amounts of monthly income, and participation in various cash and noncash benefit programs for each month of the survey period." The file is rectangular and contains 35,792 records, each of which contains 12,572 characters. It is available on three reels at 6250 bpi for $525. Technical documentaion is included.
Correspondence: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Data User Services Division, Customer Services, Washington, D.C. 20233. Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Data User Services Division, Data Developments, No. XIII-7, Jun 1990.

56:30808 United States. Bureau of the Census (Washington, D.C.). Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). 1986 panel wave 2 rectangular core and topical module microdata file [MRDF]. 1989. Washington, D.C. In Eng.
"The file contains basic demographic and social characteristics data for each member of the household [in the United States]. These include age, sex, race...ethnic origin...marital status, household relationship, education, and veteran status....Core questions, which are repeated at each interview, cover labor force activity, types and amounts of income, and participation in various cash and noncash benefit programs for each month of the four-month reference period....Core data also cover post secondary school attendance, public or subsidized rental housing, low-income energy assistance, and school breakfast and lunch participation. Topical module data cover fertility, marital, migration, recipiency, employment, work disability, and education and training histories as well as family background and household relationships. The sample consists of 4 rotation groups, each interviewed in a different month from June to September 1986." The file is rectangular and has 31,643 logical records, each with a logical record length of 6,888 characters. It is available on two reels at 6250 bpi or seven reels at 1600 bpi for $175 per reel. Technical documentation is included.
Correspondence: U.S. Bureau of Census, Data User Services Division, Customer Services, Washington, D.C. 20233. Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Data User Services Division, Data Developments, No. XII-40, Nov 1989.

56:30809 United States. Bureau of the Census (Washington, D.C.). Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). 1986 panel wave 6 rectangular core and topical module microdata file [MRDF]. 1989. Washington, D.C. In Eng.
"The file contains basic demographic and social characteristics data for each member of the household [in the United States]. These include age, sex, race...ethnic origin...marital status, household relationship, education, and veteran status....Core questions, which are repeated at each interview, cover labor force activity, types and amounts of income, and participation in various cash and noncash benefit programs for each month of the four-month reference period....Core data also cover post secondary school attendance, public or subsidized rental housing, low-income energy assistance, and school breakfast and lunch participation. Topical module data cover child care arrangements, child support agreements, support for nonhousehold members, work related expenses, housing costs, and energy usage. The sample consists of 4 rotation groups, each interviewed in a different month from September to December 1987." The file is rectangular and contains 30,099 logical records, each with a logical record length of 5,852 characters. It is available on two reels at 6250 bpi and on seven reels at 1600 bpi at a cost of $175 per reel.
Correspondence: Customer Services, Data User Services Division, U.S. Bureau of the Census, Washington, D.C. 20233. Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Data User Services Division, Data Developments, No. XII-41, Nov 1989.


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