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Re: st: Aggregate constant to scalar and local

From   Ulrich Kohler <>
Subject   Re: st: Aggregate constant to scalar and local
Date   Fri, 13 Oct 2006 14:38:20 +0200

Nick Cox wrote:
> Uli is right. -_pctile- is faster than -summarize, detail-
> to get the median. But, interestingly, not much: a few
> quick experiments indicate ~10% faster. The story,
> presumably, is that most of the work is in the sorting,
> and the fact that -summarize, detail- calculates so much
> more is secondary.

Hm. If I needed the median from data that is not machine readable, I would 
only sort until the half is reached, and would leave the upper half unsorted. 
If Stata did the same the speed increase could be stronger. However, I guess 
Stata is very efficient in sorting. For me, personally, it is always quite a 
burden to sort student's examinations alphabetically, for example. It always 
requires all desks and even the floor of my tiny little office. Wonder if I 
can learn something from how Stata does it. 


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