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Dataset/Interest Area
Cross-Reference
Filtering
 • Free Text
 • Section Selection
 • Variable Name
 • Base Name
 • Label
 • Masked Status
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Documentation » Question Concordance » User Notes

This page provides additional information on how the Concordance works, including an overview of how Concordance records are selected and processed and how they relate to overall study content. If you are having difficulty in retrieving a desired record set, you should carefully review the Filtering section. It provides useful tools for broadening and/or narrowing your search.

If you discover errors in the Concordance, please forward a description of the problems you encounter to the HRS Help Desk.

Dataset/Interest Area Selection

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Cross-Reference: Interest Area by Biennial Product

Interest Area sets are retrieved by matching on either of two fields in the Concordance record. These fields contain code value pairs that are designed to allow retrieval of record sets that cut across section boundaries.

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Filtering with Search Fields

Once you have made your dataset and major category selection, you can refine your retrieval set by searching the question text, sub-category and detail fields for a string or a pattern. You can also select individual sections as well as short label (a.k.a. question number) ranges. An additional selection can be made on release type which flags variables as public or masked (restricted). If you use two or more filtering options, the result is a Boolean AND. As noted below, words must be 4 characters or more to be found via freetext search. Thus if you enter a 3-character word no filtering will occur.

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Display Options

You can determine the format of your retrieval set in the following ways:

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