# Re: st: Loosing precision with Total( )

 From n j cox To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: Loosing precision with Total( ) Date Fri, 18 May 2007 18:12:25 +0100

Losing [not loosing] precision is not the only issue here.

If all you want is the sum, there is no need to use -egen, total()-,
nor to put the result in a variable.

. su myvar, meanonly

leaves behind the sum in r(sum).

You can display it to your favourite format

display %28.10f r(sum)

or put the result anywhere you want, including, if need be,
a variable

gen double mysum = r(sum)

Nick
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk

Kyle Hood

You can always specify the datatype when using egen, for example,

egen double z = total(x)

I'm not sure where you are using total().

Are you sure the "loss of precision" to which you are referring is
actually that? It may simply have to do with the display format.

Michael Crain

> The solution to this issue is probably simple. Here is my problem.
>
> I am using theTotal function to calculate the total of a variable for > a large number of observations: total(var)
>
> I get a result of something like 7.25e+08
>
> How do I get the total without loosing precision?
>
> Stata version 9

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