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The purpose of this paper is to give users a good technical understanding of SEIFA 2006. The paper begins with a discussion of the concepts of socio-economic advantage and disadvantage. The paper then discusses the variables used in the construction of SEIFA 2006, explains the methodology used to construct the indexes, provides results from the Principal Components Analysis, describes the validation process, gives examples of how SEIFA can be used in analysis, and outlines some of the issues to consider when using SEIFA.
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