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Retrieving Statistics

When you have finished making all your selections on tabs 1 to 4, press the Finish button at the bottom of the Allocate interface.

Allocate will process your request, and a pop-up window will appear. Do not make any changes; just click OK.

The Processing Finished Pop Up Box

Your Output will now open.

Working with Your Statistical Output: Report Output Versus File Output

Report Output Mode

If you have selected the Report output type on the Output tab, you will see a nicely formatted report. You should select the Report Output Mode only if you have selected 25 or less geographic areas. You can manipulate the report if you like, but no manipulation is required in order to make sense of the statistics.

An Example Report

File Output Mode

If, because you designed an output with many geographic areas or variables (over 25 of either), and you were therefore obliged to select File as your output mode rather than Report, you will receive an un-formatted file that requires some interpretation. In particular, you will need to re-title the coded column headers using the associated .desc.text file.

The Un-formatted File with Key Column and Coded Column Headers

In the same location that you chose to save the file (Step 2) you will also find a ‘legend’ file, with a desc.txt file extension (see image below). This file explains the coded column headers for your statistical table.

Windows Browser showing the .xls file and the .desc.txt file right below

The desc.text file also shows that R509DP is the Aggregate statistic for the same variable (remember the aggregate is the average per household per year multiplied by the number of households in the geographic area).