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st: "imputing" missing observations


From   "Heather Gold" <heg2001@med.cornell.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: "imputing" missing observations
Date   Tue, 25 May 2004 16:48:26 -0400

Dear Fellow Listers --

I've been looking all around, asking around, etc, and I can't seem to find out how to create new observations within my dataset.

Here are the specifics of my problem:
I have counts of cases by zip code and year (one observation with count for each zip, and year). It happened that I ended up with "missing" observations if the count of cases was zero in a year, so my data look something like this
zip year count
06010 1986 1
06010 1987 2
06010 1988 2
06010 1990 7
...

How would I create a new observation for this zipcode in 1989 that has a count of 0? I need to be able to create some lagged variables by year and zip.

I appreciate your help.
Thanks,
Heather

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Heather Taffet Gold, PhD
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