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WIFLNKWT
Weight of wife link, alternate 1910 linking variable

Description

WIFLNKWT reports the assigned weight of potential husband-wife links, as determined by the creators of the 1910 samples that were developed prior to the existence of the IPUMS (these include the national 0.4% 1910 sample and the 1910 Black oversample). These samples have since been integrated into the IPUMS as part of the "1910 1.4% sample with oversamples." The cases containing WIFLNKWT are identified in the SAMP1910 variable, where they have values of 5 or 6.

The WIFLNKWT values range from 99 to -100. The highest values represent links made with the most confidence (when the woman identified in WIFENO, or the most likely potential spouse, is almost certainly the man's wife). The lowest values represent links rejected with the most confidence (when the most likely potential spouse is almost certainly not the man's wife). The value -100 indicates that the probability-linking program tried to link a woman to another woman or to herself, and no better pairing could be tried in that household.

See WIFENO for discussion of how links were made. The weight, which is a statistical measure of probable accuracy, is affected by the following factors: relationship to head; surname; position in household listing; age difference between a man and a woman; marital status; race; and years married.

For further information concerning the husband-wife link, see WIFENO and WIFLKREA.

Codes

This variable is only available for the 1910 1.4% sample with oversamples. WIFLNKWT is a 4-digit numeric variable that reports the assigned weight of potential husband-wife links, as determined by the creators of the 1910 samples that were developed prior to the existence of the IPUMS (these include the national 0.4% 1910 sample and the 1910 Black oversample). The WIFLNKWT values range from 99 to -100. The highest values represent links made with the most confidence (when the woman identified in WIFENO, or the most likely potential spouse, is almost certainly the man's wife). The lowest values represent links rejected with the most confidence (when the most likely potential spouse is almost certainly not the man's wife). The value -100 indicates that the probability-linking program tried to link a woman to another woman or to herself, and no better pairing could be tried in that household. WIFLNKWT specific variable codes for missing, edited, or unidentified observations, observations not applicable (N/A), observations not in universe (NIU), top and bottom value coding, etc. are provided below by Census year (and data sample if specified).

User Note: See WIFENO and WIFLKREA for discussion of how links were made.

WIFLNKWT Specific Variable Codes

Comparability

This variable is only available for the 1910 1.4% sample with oversamples. SPLOC, an IPUMS constructed variable, links husbands and wives for all years; SPRULE reports the rationale for these SPLOC links.

Universe

  • Cases in the 1910 1.4% sample with oversamples having a SAMP1910 value of 5 or 6; not available for Puerto Rico.

Availability

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