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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 18:14:37 -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? Has anyone else experienced this kind of problem before? 
 I hope someone will be able to help me with this. Thanks in advance

Best wishes,
Naceur
                     


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