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st: calculation problem

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Subject   st: calculation problem
Date   Mon, 26 Nov 2007 22:08:39 +0100

Dear friends, I need a little help to solve a calculation. 
I have a panel database (cs and ts), and for one variable, say "x", I need to calculate the following formula:

y = summation_(i= t-2 to t) of (1/3)* abs[( x_i - x_i-1 )/ x_i-1 ]

In other words, "y" is the three-year average variation in % of "x". I would get a new column for each firm-year data. Could anybody help me? Thanks in advance!


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