Find Variable

The Find Variable dialog allows you to find variable names easily in the Selection Statement dialog, Table tab, or dictionary.

  1. Click the Find button in any of those locations to open the Find Variable dialog.

  2. In the Search Text field, type at least three letters of the variable name or grouping label.

SEER*Stat will search for that combination of letters anywhere in the names of the database variables. For example, if you are using a SEER Limited-Use database, you might type "age" to find age variables. SEER*Stat will display not only the age-related variables, but the "stage" variables as well. As you continue to type, SEER*Stat will remove from the display any variables that no longer contain the text string in the Search Text field.

SEER*Stat will also search for this text string in the grouping labels. For example, if you are using the SEER Limited-Use database, you might type "all" to find variable groupings that include "all races". SEER*Stat will display not only the variables that have "all" in their titles, but also the variables that contain the word "all" in the names of their groupings, such as Race recode variables. When a variable contains a grouping that matches your search text, the name of the first matching grouping will be displayed in the "Format Label" column.

  1. Click on the name of the variable you want to use, then click OK.

You will be returned to the Selection Statement dialog, Table tab, or dictionary, with the variable you selected highlighted.