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st: Re: consecutive obs

From   Christopher F Baum <>
Subject   st: Re: consecutive obs
Date   Tue, 12 Oct 2004 07:32:17 -0400

On Oct 12, 2004, at 2:33, Roberto wrote:

with the tsspell command I have been able to identify the maximum number of
consecutive observations per firms.
The problem is that if I write
keep if maxrun>=5
stata only drops firm "C" whereas I would want it to drop all the
non-consecutive observations in all panels so that the database would look
You're almost there. Here is a snippet of code in which I wanted to drop spells in which there were two years' consecutive net cash flow (gvkey is the firm id):

* screen2: use tsspell to find spells of at least two years negative CF
tsspell , cond(data13 < 0)
* the spells must be at least length 2
bysort gvkey _spell : egen _length = max(_seq)
gen byte todrop = _length >= 2
* drop the firm-years identified by todrop
drop if (todrop)

You want to reverse the logic and keep spells that satisfy a condition on firm# and _seq, as defined by tsspell.

Kit Baum, Boston College Economics

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