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Variables in Table S1?

Posted by kgandersen on 04 Jan 2016 at 23:52 GMT

Great paper - thanks Mosoka et al. for your tremendous work in Liberia (for this paper and everything else). I have a couple of questions about Table S1:

I assume these two define categories?
1. EpiCaseDef contains values from 0-4 - what are the different definitions?
2. StatusAsOfCurrentDate - same question

I assume these are listed as integer scales? Or maybe categories?
3. All the columns describing fever, symptoms, etc. contain values from 1-3 (or empty) - what do the numbers correspond to?

Also, I found a couple of odd dates - e.g. cases in 2013, cases where onset is after death, etc. - I don't believe these will influence any of the analyzes, but worth checking.

Thanks again - great work!

Best,
Kristian

No competing interests declared.

RE: Variables in Table S1?

LSkirp-757 replied to kgandersen on 08 Jan 2016 at 15:09 GMT

Thank you for the feedback, Kristian.

We have presented raw data in Table S1, so missing values and potential typos (as we see with the couple of odd dates) are reflected. The subset of the data we used in the analysis was cleaned to address these issues. We definitely appreciate your note though.

In terms of the data values:
1. For the EpiCaseDef, 1=Suspected, 2=Probable, and 3=Confirmed. The 0s and 4s represent missing and unknown statuses.
2. For StatusAsOfCurrentDate, the patient should be listed as Dead or Alive. This is the status as of the date of the report. Please let me know if you need clarification on a different variable.
3. For the symptom columns, 1=Yes, 2=No, and 3=Unknown.

Thank you again for the comment.

Best regards,

Laura Skrip

No competing interests declared.