# Re: st: Testing for a contiguous subset of observations?

 From Maarten buis To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: Testing for a contiguous subset of observations? Date Fri, 30 Nov 2007 11:49:15 +0000 (GMT)

```bys id (observation) : gen zero = Activity == 0
bys id zero (observation) : gen nzero = _N if zero == 0
replace nzero = 0 if nzero == .
gen activity2 = activity if nzero < 60 & nzero

-- Maarten

--- BW Wheeler <ben.wheeler@bristol.ac.uk> wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> I'm having trouble figuring out a solution to this data management
> problem,
> and have exhausted all books and findit (partly as it's hard to know
> what
> to search for)!
>
> I have time series data captured from accelerometers, with an
> observation
> of 'activity counts' logged every 10 seconds for several days for
> each
> individual. If the number of counts is zero continuously for any
> period of
> 10 minutes or more (i.e. 60+ observations), we need to assume that
> the
> accelerometer was not being worn, and to treat these zeros as
> missing.
>
> So, my data look something like this:
>
> Observation		Date		Time		Activity
> 1			13/05/2006	15:20:00	230
> 2			13/05/2006	15:20:10	215
> 3			13/05/2006	15:20:20	0
> 4			13/05/2006	15:20:30	0
> 5			13/05/2006	15:20:40	0
> ...
>
> Does anyone have any ideas of how I can replace the 'Activity' value
> with
> missing, if that value is a zero in the midst of a continuous series
> of 60+
> zeros?
>
> Thanks,
> Ben
>
> ----------------------
> Ben Wheeler
> Research Fellow
> Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol
> & South West Public Health Observatory
> ben.wheeler@bristol.ac.uk
>
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>

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