The most common method for importing data into the Health Disparities Calculator (HD*Calc) is to use a SEER*Stat export dictionary and associated data file.
- Before starting HD*Calc, use SEER*Stat to create age-adjusted rates or survival statistics and export the resulting matrix. Two files will be created: one is a dictionary file (.dic) that describes the data and the other is a text file containing the data. Refer to the tutorials on preparing input data files for help with this step.
- To import the data exported from SEER*Stat, launch HD*Calc and select Open... from the File Menu. You will be prompted for a dictionary (*.dic) file.
- When your file is opened, you will be taken to the HD*Calc Data Import dialog where you will provide all the information needed to identify the fields in your input file.
- In the edit box at the top please provide a Title for your input data. This title will be displayed with the resulting disparity measures.
- Use the Dictionary edit box to select a file for storing your data input specifications.
- The checkbox indicating that your Data File Contains Column Headers will be checked if headers were exported with your data.
- The Statistics are Sorted by All Variables In Their Order box has been checked by default and is disabled. This will speed up retrieval of records during computation.
- Select Fields Are Character Delimited and choose the appropriate Delimiter for your text file.
- Your fields should have the correct field type by default, but you can select them individually (one field at a time) and press the Change button to the right to view the details.
- Click OK.
- You will be prompted to answer the following question to specify whether the disparity groups in your data are ranked:
"REMINDER: Some disparity measures apply only to groups that have an inherent ranking, such as by income or education.
Are the disparity groups ranked? (Yes/No)"
- Once the appropriate response is made, HD*Calc will automatically calculate the corresponding values for each of the disparities measures. You are now ready to view the information contained under each tab heading.