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Cross-tabulations

LS data may also be released to users in the form of frequency tables or cross-tabulations. These are released to users under certain conditions, including the user's undertaking only to access them on a secure computer and to delete them when they are no longer required. (Slightly different rules apply to users located outside England and Wales.) Cross-tabulations are counts of individuals tabulated for one categorical LS variable against another. They are also known as contingency tables.

Multi-dimensional tabulations can be provided by presenting a separate two-dimensional table for each category of some other variable. For example, suppose you wanted a tabulation of car access by marital status by sex, for individuals aged 17 or over in 1991. This could be provided thus:

Individuals aged 17+ in 1991, by car access, marital status and sex

Men
Single
Married*
Divorced
Widowed
Total
Access to car
38566
104308
7383
3475
153732
No access to car
13161
19990
3216
3461
39828
Total
51727
124298
10599
6936
193560

Women
Single
Married*
Divorced
Widowed
Total
Access to car
29279
103879
8187
8386
149731
No access to car
13625
21229
6714
19868
61436
Total
42904
125108
14901
28254
211167
* "Married" includes re-married people. Data extracted from LS on 5 Sep 2003