National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR)

Glossary of Selected Computing and Social Science Terms


A file or group of files associated with one part of a study. Files associated with a dataset might include a datafile, a machine- readable codebook, SPSS control cards, and other files related to the datafile. Examples: The files associated with California might be considered one dataset in the 1990 Census of Population and Housing STF 1A study; the files associated with the First Congress, House of Representatives, in the study "Congressional Roll Call Voting Records."