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R package to add 'dplyr'-like Syntax for Summary Statistics of Survey Data

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srvyr brings parts of dplyr’s syntax to survey analysis, using the survey package.

srvyr focuses on calculating summary statistics from survey data, such as the mean, total or quantile. It allows for the use of many dplyr verbs, such as

, and
, the convenience of pipe-able functions, rlang’s style of non-standard evaluation and more consistent return types than the survey package.

You can try it out:

# or for development version
# remotes::install_github("gergness/srvyr")

Example usage

First, describe the variables that define the survey’s structure with the function

with the bare column names of the names that you would use in functions from the survey package like
library(srvyr, warn.conflicts = FALSE)
data(api, package = "survey")

dstrata % as_survey_design(strata = stype, weights = pw)

Now many of the dplyr verbs are available.

  • mutate()
    adds or modifies a variable.
dstrata %
  mutate(api_diff = api00 - api99)
  • summarise()
    calculates summary statistics such as mean, total, quantile or ratio.
dstrata %>% 
  summarise(api_diff = survey_mean(api_diff, vartype = "ci"))
#> # A tibble: 1 × 3
#>   api_diff api_diff_low api_diff_upp
#> 1     32.9         28.8         37.0
  • group_by()
    and then
    creates summaries by groups.
dstrata %>% 
  group_by(stype) %>%
  summarise(api_diff = survey_mean(api_diff, vartype = "ci"))
#> # A tibble: 3 × 4
#>   stype api_diff api_diff_low api_diff_upp
#> 1 E        38.6         33.1          44.0
#> 2 H         8.46         1.74         15.2
#> 3 M        26.4         20.4          32.4
  • Functions from the survey package are still available:
#> Call:
#> svyglm(formula = api99 ~ stype, design = dstrata)
#> Survey design:
#> Called via srvyr
#> Coefficients:
#>             Estimate Std. Error t value Pr(>|t|)    
#> (Intercept)   635.87      13.34  47.669   <2e-16 ***
#> stypeH        -18.51      20.68  -0.895    0.372    
#> stypeM        -25.67      21.42  -1.198    0.232    
#> ---
#> Signif. codes:  0 '***' 0.001 '**' 0.01 '*' 0.05 '.' 0.1 ' ' 1
#> (Dispersion parameter for gaussian family taken to be 16409.56)
#> Number of Fisher Scoring iterations: 2

Learning more

Here are some free resources put together by the community about srvyr:

Still need help?

I think the best way to get help is to form a specific question and ask it in some place like rstudio’s community webiste (known for it’s friendly community) or (maybe not known for being quite as friendly, but probably has more people). If you think you’ve found a bug in srvyr’s code, please file an issue on GitHub, but note that I’m not a great resource for helping specific issue, both because I have limited capacity but also because I do not consider myself an expert in the statistical methods behind survey analysis.

Have something to add?

These resources were mostly found via vanity searches on twitter & github. If you know of anything I missed, or have written something yourself, please let me know in this GitHub issue!

What people are saying about srvyr

minimal changes to my #r #dplyr script to incorporate survey weights, thanks to the amazing #srvyr and #survey packages. Thanks to @gregfreedman & @tslumley. Integrates soooo nicely into tidyverse

Brian Guay (@BrianMGuay on Jun 16, 2021)

Spending my afternoon using

for tidy analysis of weighted survey data in #rstats and it’s so elegant. Vignette here:

Chris Skovron (@cskovron on Nov 20, 2018)

  1. Yay!

Thomas Lumley, in the Biased and Inefficient blog


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If you’re unfamiliar with contributing to an R package, I recommend the guides provided by Rstudio’s tidyverse team, such as Jim Hester’s blog post or Hadley Wickham’s R packages book.

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