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ERRORS AND PROBLEMS
Check that the dataset is being referenced correctly. Information on library and dataset names is available in the 'CURF reference documentation' link in the navigator of the RADL.
If you are trying to access a saved dataset, check that the dataset exists. You can do this by using File management command code.
I get an error message saying that the variable can't be found
Check that the variable is being spelt correctly (especially check for underscores, and the case) and that the variable is available on the CURF being accessed. Information on variable names is available in the 'CURF reference documentation' link in the navigator of the RADL. A common problem is that a variable may be available one level of the CURF but not another, for example on the household level file, but not the person level file.
What do I do if a job does not appear to be progressing?
If a normal job (not including long jobs) does not appear to be progressing after 10 minutes and has a status of 'submitted', you can:
What do I do if I am having coding problems?
The ABS does not provide a code advisory service however the ABS have produced introductory RADL tutorials for SAS, SPSS or Stata. The tutorials introduce users to the RADL system and use code to produce basic tables and statistics. The tutorials are available in the 'Information for all RADL Users' link in the navigator of the RADL.
Here are some common problems that users experience:
My output is being denied but I'm not sure why
Output may be denied due to exceeding file size or level of detail limits. You can try splitting your code or output into smaller sections. While this is allowed for aggregate output, note that cumulatively downloaded unit record level output is not allowed and is audited.
RADL SPSS sometimes denies output and does not print an appropriate error message as a result of code references to non-existent variables. Check the spelling of all variables (especially underscores) and re-run your job. For further information about variable names, see the data item list in the 'CURF reference documentation' link in the navigator of the RADL.
Why can't I use bootstrapping commands in RADL?
Bootstrapping commands are banned in RADL.
To use bootstrap commands appropriately a user needs to be able to identify the Primary Selection Units (PSU). In the case of ABS CURFs, all respondents in the same Collection District (CD) belong to the same PSU. However, grouping respondents into PSUs significantly increases the risk of a respondent being identified so the ABS cannot release this information. To enable researchers to produce accurate variance estimates, the ABS releases the replicate weights which take the sample design into consideration, as well as any other steps in the estimation process such as non-response adjustments.
For Stata users, the ABS has made available the user-supplied svr suite of commands to assist users in calculating standard errors using replicate weights. See the How can I use the replicate weights in analysis or estimation of sampling error? section of the Survey and replicate weights section of the User Manual: ABS Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL).