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Re: st: Aggregate constant to scalar and local
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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