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Frequency Distribution and the General Social Survey (2012): Visits to Libraries and Museums

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By: Luke Sloan & Rob Angell Published: 2015 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Datasets
Data Type: Survey
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Abstract

This dataset example describes a frequency distribution, also referred to as a ‘frequency‘. This technique is used with a single categorical variable. A frequency distribution reports the number and percentage of observations populating each category or value. In this example you will be introduced to the technique using a subset of the 2012 General Social Survey (GSS). At a time when public visits to museums and libraries are in decline, the example establishes ‘how frequently’ people visit these attractions. This is important for better understanding how to fund and market this type of public service.

On this page readers will be introduced to the theory and assumptions behind frequency distributions. Consideration is given to the technique, the type of question the technique can address, and how ...

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About This Dataset
Data Source Citation

National Data Program for the Social Sciences, National Opinion Research Center. (2012). General Social Survey 2012 (Release 5, June 19, 2014) [Data file]. Available from http://www3.norc.org/GSS+Website/

Full title of originating dataset

General Social Survey 2012 (Release 5, June 19, 2014)

Data author(s) and affiliations

The National Data Program for the Social Sciences, National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago

Dataset source website address

http://www3.norc.org/GSS+Website/

First publication date

06-2014

Data Universe

Individual persons 18 or older, living in non-institutional arrangements within the United States

Funding sources/suppliers

National Science Foundation

Sample/sampling procedures

Full probability sampling

Weighting

Original dataset includes weight variable, WTSSALL

Data collection dates

02-2012 to 04-2012

Time frame of analysis

2012

Unit of analysis

Individual

Location covered by data

United States

Links to SRM content
List of variables

ID

respondent ID

Vislib

how often visited public library last year

Visnhist

how often visited natural history museum last year

Vissci

how often visited science museum last year

Methods Map
Frequency distribution