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From |
"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> |

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<statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> |

Subject |
st: RE: Re: RE: loop within loop |

Date |
Mon, 18 Oct 2004 23:29:31 +0100 |

I am less clear now on what your real problem is. But being interested in several variables doesn't make the issues any different. If you want to put correlations into variables, you must still operate with one correlation from each pair of variables. -matrix accum- looks to me like a poor choice of method. You end up putting stuff into a matrix and then need to get it out again, a bit like going to Houston from Dallas via San Antonio, perhaps instructive but nevertheless indirect. As you are cycling over years and months, you need to work with several matrices, which makes the problem yet more complicated. If I had a varlist a b c d e, there are ten distinct correlations which we can denote ab ac ad ae bc bd be cd ce de. So I can go foreach v in ab ac ad ae bc bd be cd ce de { gen `v' = . } and then some code to get all the correlations from all pairs of variables, all years and months might look like this, but this isn't tested: tokenize "a b c d e" qui forval i = 1/4 { forval j = 2/5 { forval y = 1988/2003 { forval m = 1/12 { corr ``i'' ``j'' if year == `y' & month == `m' replace ``i''``j'' = r(rho) if year == `y' & month == `m' } } } } As you say nothing about what went wrong as far as you are concerned in your previous code, I am not sure what you want me to explain. I can't see an obvious syntax error. As the FAQ advises, "Say exactly what you typed and exactly what Stata typed (or did) in response." Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk Wang,Le > I am sorry that I didn't describe my problem properly. I just > made up the data set. > There are actually five variables "a, b, c, d, e" from Jan > 1988 to Dec 2003. > Although I am aware that there is a -egen corr- availabe, I > just want to pracitise > it a little bit since I am not quite familiar with matrix operation in > STATA. Woud you > please tell me where I am wrong when I am using matrix form > in my second post? > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> > To: <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> > Sent: Monday, October 18, 2004 3:10 AM > Subject: st: RE: loop within loop > > > > If you want the correlation between a and b, what > > c d e are doing is unnecessary information. A more > > direct approach is > > > > gen corrab = . > > qui forval i = 1988(1)2003 { > > forval j = 1/12 > > corr a b if year == `i' & month == `j' > > replace corrab = r(rho) if year == `i' & month == `j' > > } > > } > > > > In your example, each correlation is based on just 3 data points. > > Perhaps you are obliged to do that, but I wouldn't want to. > > > > Also, note Nick Winter's -egen, corr()- within -egenmore- on SSC. * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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