Analysis of complex survey data using SAS

Comput Methods Programs Biomed. 2001 Jan;64(1):65-9. doi: 10.1016/s0169-2607(00)00088-2.


Commonly used statistical methods and software packages typically assume that observations are independent and identically distributed and fail to account for complex sampling designs when present. I suggest an approach to analyzing complex survey data in SAS, using weighted generalized estimating equations. Limited Monte Carlo simulations support the method. An example demonstrates application of the method and compares results to those from software commonly used in the analysis of complex survey data.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Biometry / methods*
  • Computer Simulation
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Monte Carlo Method
  • Software*