Three Methods for Processing Life-History Data

by Terry Fain

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Compares a commercially available package (SIR), a custom-written program (RETRO), and custom programming by a resident professional as alternative ways to manipulate and analyze life-history data. The focus is on a particular hierarchical dataset, the Malaysian Family Life Survey. Each method is evaluated with respect to scope, data preparation, data storage, program preparation, execution and output, and overall costs.

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