Rate Selection Tab

The Selection tab is used to select the records to be included in the analysis. If no selection statements are made on the Selection tab, all records in the database will be included. Selection statements reduce the number of records included in an analysis based on specific variables.

The Selection tab and Table tab are often confused; please read Selection Tab vs. Table Tab to avoid common mistakes.

Creating Selection Statements in Rate Sessions

The Selection tab in a Rate session consists of three boxes. Click the Edit button next to each box to create or modify a selection statement in that box. Click the Clear button next to each box to delete its current selection statement.

Each variable in the database appears in only one of the three boxes on the Rate session's Selection tab.

When making selections in a Rate session, make your selection in the topmost possible box. For example, never make selections based on race or age in the case-only box at the bottom. That would result in erroneous statistics because inappropriate populations were used as the denominators in the calculations. (Note: a warning message will be displayed if you attempt to execute a session with this error. However, not all erroneous situations can be identified by SEER*Stat; therefore, you must exercise care.)

Select Only the First Matching Record for Each Person

This option is only available when the database selected on the Data tab is a multiple primary ready database. When it is checked, only the first record for each person which matches the selection criteria will be included in your analysis.