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st: RE: RE: duplicates in timevar in panels

From   "Nick Cox" <>
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Subject   st: RE: RE: duplicates in timevar in panels
Date   Fri, 27 Jun 2008 13:53:27 +0100

-search duplicate panel- shows that this is an FAQ. 

FAQ     . . . . . .  Dealing with reports of repeated time values within
        . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N. J. Cox and M.
        12/05   How do I deal with a report of repeated time values
                within panel?

The FAQ shows that the problem here may not be as simple as duplicated
observations that should be -drop-ped. 

Note that -drop-ping on the basis of similar id and one time variable is
naturally dangerous unless there are no other variables or all the other
variables are identical in the observations dropped to those kept. That
may be what Mukesh means by "absolutely similar". 

-duplicates- protects you against such errors. 


Dherani, Mukesh

One command that I often use to find duplicates in panel data is:

sort panel_id timevar,stable
br panel_id timevar if (panel_id== panel_id[_n-1]| panel_id==
panel_id[_n+1]) & (timevar==timevar[_n-1]|timevar==timevar [_n+1])

this is for identification of duplicates.  
If both the rows are absolutely similar then you may delete any of the

drop if if panel_id== panel_id[_n-1] & timevar==timevar[_n-1]

Mahesh Ramachandran

I am working on a panel data set : 2000 households over 10 years(120

It has a household identifier as panel id and year/month variable as

when I tried to tsset it, I get the following result:

. tsset panel_id timevar
repeated time values within panel

My goal is to identify and isolates those panels which has repeated time
values and remove the duplicates.
So I tried :
by panel_id: duplicates re timevar,

and response was that duplicates can not be combined with "by" command.
Can you suggest me a way to remove
the duplicates.

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