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st: RE: RE: generating a new variable with the egen command

From   "Maarten Buis" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: RE: generating a new variable with the egen command
Date   Mon, 28 Nov 2005 16:56:36 +0100

Furthermore, calculating the sums in float format isn't as bad as it initially seems: the fact that Stata shows only 3 digits of precision has to do with the display format. The float is precise up to 8 digits, and is stored that way, as can be seen in the program below.

drop _all
input x

egen sum = sum(x)
egen long sumlong = sum(x)

list sum sumlong 

format sum %20.7g

list sum sumlong
*------------end example-----------------


Maarten L. Buis
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-----Original Message-----
From: []On Behalf Of Nick Cox
Sent: maandag 28 november 2005 16:42
Subject: st: RE: generating a new variable with the egen command

Your call should be

egen double newvar = ...


egen long newvar = ...

If these are integers, -long- is better. Either type
is allowed by the syntax. See the help for -egen- once more.


> I'm trying to generate a new variable given by the sum of an
> existing variable
> by year (as I have 2 six month observations for the same
> year) and individual.
> The command is the following:
> egen newvar=sum (oldvar), by(id year)
> the problem is that the original values are, for instance:
> 42224464 and
> 67090781, but the sum that STATA computes is 109000000,
> instead of 109315245.
> Why does it round like that?
> The old variable is stored as "double", I have tried to
> change the storage
> type, using recast, but STATA does not allow to do it, as
> many values would be
> changed...

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