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Frequency Distribution and the UK Living Cost and Food Survey (2010): Income Distribution

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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, or ‘frequency‘, for a categorical variable. A frequency distribution reports the number and percentage of observations that fall into each category for that variable. This example uses a subset of data from the 2010 UK Living Cost and Food Survey (LCFS). The focus of the exercise is to explore how income is distributed across households in the UK. This represents a necessary analysis for businesses looking to segment the consumer market according to household finances.

On this page readers will be introduced to the theory and assumptions behind frequency distributions. Consideration is given to the technique, the type of questions the technique can address, and how the researcher can use frequency distributions to produce and report results. The extract ...

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About This Dataset
Data Source Citation

Office for National Statistics and University of Manchester. Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research. UK Data Service, Living Costs and Food Survey, 2010: Unrestricted Access Teaching Dataset [computer file]. Office for National Statistics, [original data producer(s)]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive [distributor], February 2013. SN: 7216

Full title of originating dataset

Living Costs and Food Survey, 2010: Unrestricted Access Teaching Dataset

Data author(s) and affiliations

Office for National Statistics

University of Manchester. Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research. UK Data Service

First publication date

20 February 2013

Data Universe

Respondents to the LCFS 2010

Funding sources/suppliers

Economic and Social Research Council Higher Education Funding Councils. Joint Information Systems Committee

Sample/sampling procedures

Multi-stage stratified random sample

Weighting

Weighting used. See documentation for details

Data collection dates

2010

Time frame of analysis

2010

Unit of analysis

Individual

Location covered by data

United Kingdom

Other sources

The Living Costs and Food Survey, 2010, available from the UK Data Archive under SN 6945.

Links to SRM content
List of variables

ID

Respondent ID

Expenditure

Weekly household expenditure (grouped)

Income

Weekly household income (grouped)

Country

Country

Methods Map
Frequency distribution