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RE: st: file size problems
Try reading the link http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/win/winmemory.html
for eventual reasons for this behaviour... However, I have a system with
1.5gb, winxp, and Stata mem defined to 900m and it loads a file with 680mb
with no problems at all (it has 3400000 observations and 57 vars).
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Jeph Herrin
Sent: 20 August 2006 16:50
Subject: Re: st: file size problems
Sorry, perhaps I should have been more clear. I have 3 distinct questions:
1) Why does a 500mb file require 800mb of Stata memory?
2) How to get around "op. sys. refuses to supply memory" error
when using -set mem 1000m- in winxp (when xp should be able
to access at least 2.5gb, and no other apps are running)?
3) How to drop observations once the file is in memory, when
-keep if mycondition- gives a "no room to add more obs" error
(and there is no way to increase memory)?
b. water wrote:
> how about using the set memory to increase Stata memory allocation? have
you tried this?
>> Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2006 19:36:48 -0400
>> From: email@example.com
>> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Subject: st: file size problems
>> I'm using Stata 9.2 on WinXP (SP2), updated.
>> I have a file which is 500mb, but when I load it into Stata, it
>> requires 825mb. That doesn't seem right:
>> . dir first.dta
>> 500.7M 8/19/06 18:33 first.dta
>> . u first.dta, clear
>> . d
>> Contains data from first.dta
>> obs: 75,006,197
>> vars: 3 19 Aug 2006 18:33
>> size: 825,068,167 (12.6% of memory free)
>> This is a problem, because WinXp will only allocate 900mb to Stata
>> (anyone know how to change this? the machine has 4gb). The first
>> thing I want to do when I load this file is:
>> . keep if month<mdy(1,1,2000)
>> no room to add more variables due to width
>> An attempt was made to add a variable that would have increased
>> the memory required to store an observation beyond
>> what is currently possible. You have the following alternatives:
>> 1. Store existing variables more efficiently; see help compress.
>> 2. Drop some variables or observations; see help drop. (Think
>> of Stata's data area as the area of a rectangle;
>> Stata can trade off width and length.)
>> 3. Increase the amount of memory allocated to the data area
>> using the set memory command; see help memory.
>> I can't drop any other variables (note that there are only 3). Any
>> ideas? In particular, is there an alternative to "keep" that doesn't add
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