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Re: st: cumulative average moving through time
1) It is listed [R]Functions. -whelp mathfun- will list the other functions.
2) -bysort pid (ob)- sorts pid and then ob within pid but it performs the
-gen cave = sum(calc)/ob- only on pid. -bysort pid ob- would not work because
it would perform the calculation on each pid and ob pair.
I don't believe the –by- option in -egen- is flexible enough to interpret
-egen cave=sum(calc)/ob, by(pid ob)- correctly. Also, -egen ,sum()- does not
allow expressions as sum(calc)/ob.
You might find Nick Cox's article "Speaking Stata: How to move step by: step"
SJ 2(1) helpful.
----- Original Message -----
From: Daniel Egan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2004 2:59 pm
Subject: Re: st: cumulative average moving through time
> Hi Scott,
> by sort pid (ob):gen cave = sum(calc)/ob
> This is so obvious as to be painful. So why didn't I think of it?
> 1) Where/When did -sum()- become an acceptable argument to
> -generate-!?!? I have only ever seen it in the context of -egen-.
> Looking at the help for -generate-, there are no arguments that are
> explicitly stated to be useable. It is only at the very bottom of the
> examples that one sees an function -uniform- and then -sum- used with
> gen. Are the others? I know that using many egen arguments with -
> will return errors (e.g. count).
> 2) Why does the ---bys pid (ob)-- do this correctly? I understand that
> it is equivalet to --sort PID OB--, but why does it result in the
> correct cumulative sum?
> Another way of putting this is why doesnt -egen cave=sum(calc)/ob,
> by(PID OB)- work if this does?
> Sorry if this is a lot, I am just surprised about this.
> Oh, and thanks. I did not get to try Dan Lawson's code.
> Dan Egan
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