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"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> |

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RE: st: Overriding a loop if 0 observations using tabstat |

Date |
Tue, 27 Apr 2010 19:32:13 +0100 |

Apart from any question of a contest (I am happy to come last in this kind of game), it's interesting, although not surprising, that -count- retains a strong relative advantage on _better_ machines. Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk Jeph Herrin t=48.90; t=60.45; t=72.30. :> Martin Weiss wrote: > > t=100.28; t=207.58; t=241.55. :-) Nick Cox > Good question. I decided to do some timings to support -- or rebut -- my > feeling that -count- which just counts should be faster than -summarize, > meanonly- which does other stuff too and in turn than -summarize- which does > other stuff too. But although that's the order the timings are closer than I > guessed. Still, doing anything the quickest way does no harm and may give > valuable speed-up for large problems. > > Here is one test script. Compare your experiences: > > clear > set obs 100000 > set seed 2803 > gen y = runiform() > set rmsg on > > qui forval i = 1/10000 { > count if y > 0.5 > } > > qui forval i = 1/10000 { > su y if y > 0.5, meanonly > } > > qui forval i = 1/10000 { > su y if y > 0.5 > } > > My timings were t=187.49; 254.49; 313.38, which no doubt shows up the > Mesolithic age of my machine. > > Nick > n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk > > Martin Weiss > > " As a small detail of efficiency, I would always recommend -count- rather > than -summarize- for the purpose here." > > My earlier code did use -count-... What makes this thing more efficient, > though? Both are built-in, so they probably enjoy a big advantage over > everybody else anyway. So I guess the reason for your preference is the fact > that -count- calculates fewer results than -su, mean-? > * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**Follow-Ups**:**RE: st: Overriding a loop if 0 observations using tabstat***From:*"Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss1@gmx.de>

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**Re: st: Overriding a loop if 0 observations using tabstat***From:*sara khan <sarakhanum84@googlemail.com>

**RE: st: Overriding a loop if 0 observations using tabstat***From:*"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>

**AW: st: Overriding a loop if 0 observations using tabstat***From:*"Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss1@gmx.de>

**RE: st: Overriding a loop if 0 observations using tabstat***From:*"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>

**RE: st: Overriding a loop if 0 observations using tabstat***From:*"Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss1@gmx.de>

**Re: st: Overriding a loop if 0 observations using tabstat***From:*Jeph Herrin <junk@spandrel.net>

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