Data Tab

Each type of SEER*Stat session has a Data tab, on which you select a database to use in your analysis. Highlight a database to select it.

Always select the database first. The correct database must be selected in order to see the correct list of variables throughout the session, including in selection statements, on the Table tab, and in the dictionary. After selecting a database, you may find it helpful to work through the remaining tabs in order from left to right, and to work from top to bottom on each tab. This will help to ensure that you make all necessary selections.

The databases listed on the Data tab are those in your active data locations, excluding any that are not appropriate for the type of session you are working with.

A suggested citation for the highlighted database is displayed at the bottom of the Data tab. When you highlight a different database, the citation will be updated accordingly.

See Using Your Own Data to learn how to create new SEER*Stat databases from text data files.

Columns on the Data Tab

Featured on the Data Tab are, depending on the type of session, three or four columns containing information about each database available to you. You can click on the heading of the "Database Name" or "Linked To" column to sort the list of databases alphabetically according to the contents of that column. Click the Original Sort Order button below the list to restore the list to its original order.

Some databases are "linked to" other files that contain additional information about the records in the database. They are linked to these files by means of the variables listed in the "Linked By" column, which function like a relate key in a relational database: SEER*Stat matches each record in the original database with the record in the linked file that has the same values for those variables. Thus, the linked file can add many more fields to the records in the original database, avoiding the need to explicitly incorporate that data into each database that uses it. The linked files are themselves databases, and can be viewed in a Case Listing session. Linked databases can be changed by clicking the Change Linked Database button.

Databases Listed for Rate and LD Prevalence Sessions

Select the Age Variable to be used for linking population and standard population data. The selected variable will determine which age variables are displayed on the Statistic tab.

A large number of incidence and mortality databases are provided with the software. There are multiple databases that use the same case or mortality data but differ in terms of the population data. That is, different variables are used to link the case (or death) data to the population and standard population data.

For example, in a Rate or Limited-Duration Prevalence session, you may see a set of databases with names similar to those shown below.


These databases contain the same incidence data, but are linked to the population and standard population data with different age variables. In one case, an age variable with 19 age groups (< 1, 1-4, 5-9, ..., 85+) is used. In the other case, an age variable with 18 age groups (0-4, 5-9, ..., 85+) is used. Only one of these databases will be listed in sessions that do not use population or standard population data, such as Frequency sessions.