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Re: st: collapse with fweights

From   Steve Samuels <>
Subject   Re: st: collapse with fweights
Date   Thu, 1 Apr 2010 11:00:44 -0400

" *There is a similar justification for ignoring zero values of the
> other kinds of weights."

I should have said "NOT ignoring zero values."

On Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 10:44 AM, Steve Samuels <> wrote:
> I think that is the proper behavior. A  frequency  weight of zero is
> special: it implies that there is _no_  observation with the variable
> value combination recorded on the data line.*  If that's not true,
> then do a separate -collapse, sum- on "vars2" without the [fw] option
> and -merge- with the result of the other -collapse-.
> *There is a similar justification for ignoring zero values of the
> other kinds of weights.
> Steve
> On Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 3:33 PM, Eric Sigurdson
> <> wrote:
>> collapse (sum) vars1 (rawsum) vars2 [fw = fweight]
>> The manual states that the computation of `rawsum' should ignore the
>> specified weight, but I find that the sum  this command puts out does
>> not include any of the observations of vars2 for which fweight=0 ,
>> despite the (rawsum) specification. Is there any way to stop this
>> behavior, or perhaps some better way to approach processing the data
>> in this manner?
Steven Samuels
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