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st: quarterly to monthly


From   "Naceur Khraief" <nkhraief@ecn.ulaval.ca>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: quarterly to monthly
Date   Fri, 12 Nov 2004 13:28:57 -0500

Hi Users
 
I have a quaterly food price index (FPI) series like this:
  
quarterly        FPI
(Period)
déc-87	 	84.2	
mars-88	 	85.6	
juin-88	 	88.4	
sept-88	 	90.9	
déc-88	 	92.3	
mars-89	 	93.7	
juin-89	 	96.6	
sept-89	 	99.0	
déc-89	 	99.3	
mars-90	 	99.5	
juin-90	 	102.2	
sept-90	 	101.5	
déc-90	 	102.5	
mars-91	 	104.7	
juin-91	 	104.3	
sept-91	 	105.0	
déc-91	 	105.5	
 
 .....to dec 2003. 
 
I want to generate a monthly series. Kit Baum has proposed the denton method. for the basically generating monthly series from a quarterly one, I know that the stata code is:
 dentonmq qflow, ind(mflow) gen(minterp)
But I can't understand what's the indicator variable (mflow) in my case? and How can I have a monthly series with this stata code That I can't understand it? I hope someone will be able to help me with this.

Best wishes,
Naceur
                      
     
                                                  

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