Summary of survey software:
Epi Info (
NOTE: The following information was summarized from information in
the program documentation, and was not directly provided by the
developer. Therefore, it may not be entirely accurate. Potential
users are advised to download the documentation for further
Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization.
Types of designs that can be accommodated.
Stratified sampling, with or without clustering; multistage samples;
unequal-probability (e.g. pps) samples. Does not calculate finite
population corrections, so either sampling fraction must be small or
sampling must be with replacement.
Types of estimands and statistical analyses that can be accommodated.
Means, proportions, odds ratios, risk ratios, risk differences.
EpiInfo also includes a wide variety of other estimation modules, not
necessarily designed for survey data estimation, and there is a related
mapping program, EpiMap.
Restrictions on number of variables or observations.
Primary methods used for variance estimation.
Taylor linearized deviation approach.
General description of the "feel" of the software.
The CSAMPLE program is a module of the Epi Info package, which contains
a full range of facilities for entry, management, manipulation, and
analysis of data, specifically oriented toward public health
applications. (There are translations of Epi Info into 11 languages
other than English.) Epi Info can be used with either a menu interface
or a command-driven (keyword) interface.
Data can be imported from a variety of other formats.
Platforms on which the software can be run.
Most recent version (EpiInfo 2000) requires Windows (95 or more recent
version). EpiInfo 6 requires any computer that can run a DOS
application. Note that the CSAMPLE module for analysis of complex survey
is only available in the DOS version, although it can be installed to be
accessed from the Windows version. From the on-line documentation:
The [standard, outside CSAMPLE]commands assume that the
data were collected using simple random (or unbiased systematic)
sampling. If the data were collected using a more complex design, such
as cluster sampling, then methods used to analyze the data need to take
the design into account. Epi Info for DOS, available from the Epi Info
web site mentioned on the title page of this manual, provides the CSample
program for the analysis of data collected using complex designs, and
this can be linked to the Epi Info 2000 menu if desired for use after
exporting data to an Epi Info 6 file.
Pricing and terms.
The software itself and manuals are free, and available over the Internet.
Printed manuals and disks are sold by a distributors; see http://www.cdc.gov/epiinfo/EIvendor.htm
This software is discussed in the review
article from The Survey Statistician.
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