Half Sigma made a series of interesting posts about the General Social Survey. I recently noticed that GSS data are available thru a very useful web application. Click that link to a go at it. Below the fold is a brief primer on what I’ve learned from playing around with it.
If you want to jump right in, get started with Row=WORDSUM, Column=GOD.
Also fun: Row=POLVIEWS, Column=CHILDS
useful “Analysis” options:
* Frequencies or crosstabulation – produces heat-map tables like Half Sigma’s posts
* Comparison of means – useful to compare WORDSUM scores between groups
* Correlation matrix – useful for “pairwise” correlation matrix
* Comparison of correlations – compare correlations when controlling for another variable
* Multiple regression – multiple R
The lower left panel is a topic-sorted index of variables. Pick a variable from the list and click “view” to get a description. Use this panel to build your queries, or type in variables yourself.
* SEX (1=male, 2=female)
RACE RACECOMB (1=white,2=black,3=other)
* WORDSUM – a 10 Q vocabulary test
* EDUC and DEGREE – measures of education
* INCOME – family income
* GOD, IMPCHURH, GODCHNGE
* CHILDS, AGEKDBRN, CHLDIDEL
filtering: to limit an analysis to a subset of the total population
* example: “age(18-50), racecomb(1)” = Whites age 18-50