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st: identifying spells in panel data


From   Morten Vejs Willert <amklinik@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: identifying spells in panel data
Date   Thu, 24 Sep 2009 14:11:40 +0200

In relation to performing a cox regression, I am looking for a way to
identify spells in a dataset containing longitudinal panel data of 48
week-by-week registrations on absenteeism from work.

The dataset is in wide format. For each participant(=id) there are 48
variables (one per week) containing either the value 0 (=working) or
the value 1 (=absent from work). The week-by-week variables are named
consecutively w1, w2, w3, ... w48, as illustrated below:

id     w1     w2     w3     w4     w5     w6 ..... w48
1       1       1       1       0       0       0          0
2       1       0       0       0       0       0          0
3       1       1       1       1       1       0          0
4       0       0       0       0       0       0          0
...
102   1       1       1       1       0       0          0


I am interested in determining when a participant has had a spell of
four consecutive weeks working - so in my dataset I want to identify
spells of 4 consecutive 0's, when combing through the variable w1 to
w48 - and I want to generate two new variables: 'success' describing
if the participant has had such a spell (values 0 or1), and
'successtime' denoting the first week of the identified spells (values
1 to 45).

I have tried to use the command -spell- to achieve this, but with no
success. Does anyone have a solution to this problem?


Best regards
Morten Vejs Willert
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