Volume 61 - Number 3 - Fall 1995

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.

61:30835 Anderson, Albert F.; Anderson, Paul H. Interactive access to large census data sets. Population Studies Center Research Report, No. 94-315, Jun 1994. [13] pp. University of Michigan, Population Studies Center: Ann Arbor, Michigan. In Eng.
"This paper presents an update on data management and access activities that have been conducted at the Population Studies Center (PSC), University of Michigan (U-M), over the past thirty years....A review of the basic problem our work addresses is followed by a description of the approach we have taken to resolve issues related to providing high speed, interactive, remote access to relatively large census and survey data files. The paper concludes with an evaluation of progress to date and suggested directions for the future."
Correspondence: University of Michigan, Population Studies Center, 1225 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

61:30836 Andrews, Sylvia. Do-it-yourself census data using new census CDROM products. Online and CDROM Review, Vol. 19, No. 2, Apr 1995. 79-82 pp. Oxford, England. In Eng.
The author explains how three new U.S. Bureau of the Census CD-ROM products can be used to create customized demographic tabulations and research databases. These three CD-ROMs are the "Public Use Microdata Samples (PUMS), Census Transportation Planning Package (CTPP) and School District Data Book (SDDB)." The author notes that "each of these CDROM products includes software on the disc and may be downloaded into other popular software packages. The data may also be accessed using more sophisticated statistical software packages such as SAS."
Correspondence: S. Andrews, Indiana State Data Center, Indiana State Library, 140 North Senate, Indianapolis, IN 46404. Location: New York Public Library, New York, NY.

61:30837 Duke-Williams, Oliver; Rees, Philip. TIMMIG: a program for extracting migration time series tables. School of Geography Working Paper, No. 93/13, May 1993. iv, 76 pp. University of Leeds, School of Geography: Leeds, England. In Eng.
"This paper describes the first of three stages involved in building a continuous time series of migration data for the United Kingdom and linking that database to user friendly software for extracting statistics. Stage (1) arranges the databases as three aggregated arrays for the period from mid-1975 to the most recent quarter. Stage (2) will create a parallel population database and stage (3) an individual migration database from mid-1983 onwards." The data are from the National Health Service Central Register.
Correspondence: University of Leeds, School of Geography, Leeds LS2 9JT, England. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

61:30838 Harris, Kenneth W.; Rosenberg, Harry M.; Kochanek, Kenneth D.; Chamblee, Ronald F.; Glenn, Donna E. Evaluation of an automated multiple cause of death coding system. In: American Statistical Association, 1993 Proceedings of the Social Statistics Section. [1993]. 262-5 pp. American Statistical Association: Alexandria, Virginia. In Eng.
The authors evaluate MICAR (Mortality Medical Indexing, Classification, and Retrieval) the latest development of the Mortality Medical Data System, set up by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). "The evaluation determined that the automated MICAR system can completely process about 85 percent of the annual mortality file (2 million records) with greater accuracy than through manual multiple cause coding. In addition, the system consistently 'recognizes' what it cannot code and flags those records for nosological review....The overall assessment led to a recommendation to the Center Director that MICAR be certified for use in selected states beginning with 1991 mortality data and that it be implemented in additional states each year until full geographic coverage is achieved."
Correspondence: K. W. Harris, U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, 6525 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

61:30839 United Nations. Department for Economic and Social Information and Policy Analysis. Population Division (New York, New York). Global population policy data base, 1993. No. ST/ESA/SER.R/138, Pub. Order No. E.95.XIII.9. ISBN 92-1-151280-8. 1995. vi, 213 pp. New York, New York. In Eng.
This report describes a machine-readable database, the Global Review and Inventory of Population Policies: 1993 (GRIPP: 1993). Information is provided by country on the population policy variables available. How to order GRIPP: 1993, which is available on a diskette for use on IBM-PC and compatible computers at a price of $50, is also detailed. "The diskette contains an American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) data file, a LOTUS 1-2-3 spreadsheet data file and machine-readable dictionaries."
Correspondence: UN Department of International Economic and Social Information and Policy Analysis, Population Division, United Nations, New York, NY 10017. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

61:30840 Williamson, Paul. MetaC91: a database about published 1991 census table contents: DOS version. School of Geography Working Paper, No. 93/17, [1993?]. vi, 64 pp. University of Leeds, School of Geography: Leeds, England. In Eng.
This paper presents the MetaC91 database, which is designed to help users explore the contents of published tables from the 1991 census of the United Kingdom, using the Local Base Statistics (LBS) and Small Area Statistics (SAS) layouts. This paper presents the DOS version of the database.
For a version for Windows 3.1, see elsewhere in this issue.
Correspondence: University of Leeds, School of Geography, Leeds LS2 9JT, England. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

61:30841 Williamson, Paul. MetaC91: a database about published 1991 census table contents: Windows 3.1 version. School of Geography Working Paper, No. 93/18, [1993?]. vi, 64 pp. University of Leeds, School of Geography: Leeds, England. In Eng.
This paper presents the MetaC91 database, which is designed to help users explore the contents of published tables from the 1991 census of the United Kingdom, using the Local Base Statistics (LBS) and Small Area Statistics (SAS) layouts. The paper presents a version of the database using Windows 3.1.
For a DOS version of the database, see elsewhere in this issue.
Correspondence: University of Leeds, School of Geography, Leeds LS2 9JT, England. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).


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