DOI: 10.1177/1536867x231212453 ISSN: 1536-867X

Speaking Stata: Finding the denominator: Minimum sample size from percentages

Nicholas J. Cox
  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)

Percentage breakdowns for a series of classes or categories are sometimes reported without a specification of class frequencies or even the total sample size. This column surveys the problem of estimating the minimum sample size and class frequencies consistent with a reported breakdown and a particular resolution. I introduce and explain a new command, find_denom. Rounding quirks whereby a total is reported as above or below 100% are discussed as a complication.

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