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st: RE: help with pctile

From   Howard Lempel <>
To   "" <>
Subject   st: RE: help with pctile
Date   Thu, 19 Feb 2009 09:24:28 -0500


It sounds like you want the -xtile- command, which categorizes each observation by the percentile it falls in.

Hope this helps.

Howie Lempel
Research Assistant
The Brookings Institution | Economic Studies
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-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Janneke Pieters
Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2009 8:52 AM
Subject: st: help with pctile

Dear users,

I want to generate 100 percentiles for a variable called cmpce. These
will be used later to calculate the mean of cmpce for each percentile.
In Stata10 I type:

pctile percentile = cmpce [pweight = weight], nquantiles(100) genp(pctile)

The new variables percentile and pctile only have a value for the first
100 observations in my data, and a missing value for the other 102257
observations. Is something wrong with my command?

Thanks in advance,
Janneke Pieters

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