“Statistics means never having to say you are certain”’

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Working with

Remote Numbers

“Statistics means

never having to say

you are certain”’

E. Hamilton

Jan..2003

- Define your topic
- Identify your unit of analysis and constraints
- Check for articles to see what files have been used & concept definitions [*literature search*]

- Who is likely to have been interested in collecting this?
- Use the tools! [Guides, databases, documentation, and search engines]
- Check Data Services home page for your library

Discrete Statistics:

www.statcan.ca

- STC
- E-STAT
- UAlberta

Census 1996 & 2001

Public Use Microdata Files

- STC Online catalogue
- DLI home page
- IDLS, LANDRU, etc.

Time series data:

CANSIM II

- STC
- E-STAT
- CHASS

Option 1: Use Census link on STC page

Option 2: Use Census link on E-STAT

Option 3: Use detailed tables on University of Alberta site (coming soon)

www.statcan.ca

Catalogue

Census!

Some of our favourite bits!

The power of topic based searching!

Yum!

Search by census variable or place name

To get geography-based tables, beyond the standard profiles…

It’s a browse list really…but it works!

IDLS variable description search…

Variable Description search results

Variable level metadata

- Three options:
- STC web site
- CHASS
- E-STAT

Which do I use???

- Multi-dimensional (relational database)
- Organized into tables (themes)
- Deliver by vectors (time series) or table subsets
- Accessed by keyword search, broad subject, or by table/vector number

CANSIM II

COST

UPDATED

TABLES & TIME SERIES

OUTPUT OPTIONS

COMMENTS

Statistics Canada Web

$$$

Updated 23 Jan. 2003

1,690 tables

13,200,293 vectors

Multiple

For commercial use; no data without dollars; good for finding out how many vectors exist

CANSIM II via E-STAT

No fee for on-site use

Updated June 2002

1,600 tables

>10 million vectors

Table options :

Bar graph

Pie chart

Html table

Csv

Prn

Sk1

Databeacon cube

B2020

Shows multi-dimensionality; limit to 1000 series at a time

CANSIM II via CHASS (UT)

No fee for UNB Libraries faculty and students

Updated 21 January 2003

1,690 tables

13,200,293 vectors

Time series options

Plain

Spreadsheet

CSV

SAS

Shazam

SPSS

RATS

TSP

TSPterse

Up to date time series focus; multidimensionality more difficult to see; more difficult to extract large numbers of series

CANSIM II: Comparative Flavours

Subject approach

CANSIM II: E-STAT

CANSIM II: E-STAT

Use drop-down menu to get all variables

The new Data Beacon

(Expenditure automobile repair)