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st: Re: Issues with merging data

From   "Michael Blasnik" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: Re: Issues with merging data
Date   Mon, 15 May 2006 19:57:11 -0400

I think the -nokeep- option to merge does exactly what you want. If you had read the help on merge you would have found this out for yourself. Stata's merge command is not a SQL inner join.

Michael Blasnik

----- Original Message ----- "Anibal Santos" <> wrote
To: <>
Sent: Monday, May 15, 2006 7:12 PM
Subject: st: Issues with merging data

Hi everyone,

I'm trying to merge two datasets: one with accounting data for several
companies and the other with monthly stock returns and market value. I'm
using the following command:

. merge dscd Year Month using "C:\DATA\mktdata\ret_mv.dta", unique sort
With the accounting data loaded in memory.
After running this command I edited the merged file and found that stata
used all the observations from ret_mv.dta, even though the accounting data
file only has information for one Year and one Month per observation. Ex.:

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