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Finding & Using Data from ICPSR: Analyze & Subset Data Online

Guidance for locating and using data from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

Using Online Data Analysis

ICPSR offers online analysis components for selected data collections using Survey Documentation Analysis (SDA). This allows users to explore datasets using certain statistical procedures without downloading data and setup files. Click on the Online Analysis link that appears on the Study page. If you do not see an Online Analysis link, the study is not available for online analysis.

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Online data analysis allows users to:

  • Search for variables of interest in a dataset
  • Review frequencies or summary statistics of key variables to determine what further analyses are appropriate
  • Review frequencies or summary statistics for missing data
  • Produce simple summary statistics for reports
  • Create statistical tables and charts from raw data
  • Create a subset of cases or variables from a large collection to save time and storage space when downloading to a personal computer
  • Browse the electronic codebook


Overview of SDA and Its Features (ICPSR)

Overview of SDA and Its Features (7:34)

Using SDA to Recode and Create Variables

This is a step-by-step instruction on how to create and recode variables using SDA *(13:31)