The topical module files contain one weight variable.WPFINWGT (FINALWGT). For the 1996 Panel, this weight is the person cross-sectional weight for the fourth reference month. Prior to 1996, this weight was the person interview month weight for people who provided data for a topical module. It shows the number of people in the population represented by the sample person in the interview month.
The sample weights on the topical module files are defined in the same manner as the sample weights on the core wave files. The WPFINWGT (FINALWGT) for each rotation group is defined to represent a quarter of the population at the interview month. When all four rotation groups are used, the interview month weight for the full sample represents the population estimate averaged over the 4 months of interviewing per wave.
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