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RE: Matching data, Files A &B [Was: Re: st: Picking from a matrix]

Subject   RE: Matching data, Files A &B [Was: Re: st: Picking from a matrix]
Date   Thu, 28 Nov 2002 10:28:22 -0500

Maybe things are simpler that I think they are but, for what I understand of
-merge-, it would merge observations that would have similar values on one
or several variables both in File A and File B. The three variables Year,
Age and Area do not exist as such in File B: Year defines lines while
columns are combinations of Age within Area. Furthermore, there will not be
unique combinations of Year, Age and Area in A: some elements of B will have
to be copied several times to different lines of A. Also I need to copy only
one value from File B on any given line of A, not all 770 values of a given
line of B.

B. Laplante

-----Message d'origine-----
De : Stephen P. Jenkins []
Envoyé : jeudi 28 novembre 2002 10:12
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Objet : Matching data, Files A &B [Was: Re: st: Picking from a matrix]

On Thu, 28 Nov 2002 09:37:40 -0500 

> This is not a follow-up to the SAS vs Stata thread, although it may end up
> that way :-)
> I have two files, say File A and File B.
> File A is set for survival analysis with multiple records per individual.
> Among others, it contains three variables: Year, Age and Area. File B
> contains annual aggregated data that describe some higher level
> characteristic that I want to use as a regressor. Each line of B refers to
> calendar year, each column of B to age (in year) within one area. The
> of the regressor, for each record, is the element (Year-1, Age in Area) in
> File B. I want to copy the appropriate value from B to the the appropriate
> line of the regressor column in A.

Don't you just need to -merge- File B onto File A using the relevant 
year, age, area variables as the keys?  And then do the regression.
Or am I missing something?

Professor Stephen P. Jenkins <>
Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)
University of Essex, Colchester, CO4 3SQ, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1206 873374. Fax: +44 (0)1206 873151.

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