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# st: AW: Creating index relative to other observations

 From "Martin Weiss" To Subject st: AW: Creating index relative to other observations Date Thu, 29 Apr 2010 20:09:24 +0200

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".. sum up the results of these computations,".

Creating sums can mean different things in Stata. It may sound trite, but
the easiest is simply to -generate- a sum by adding values with a "+" sign.
If you want the total of a variable, look at -egen, total()-. If you want a
running sum, take a look at -help sum()-.

HTH
Martin

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I have need to use information from all observations (about 1800 of
them) to create a new variable.

The variable created is a weighted sum of the inverse of geographical
distances between observation i and all j n.e. i. I have longitude and
latitude for each observation, and computation of the distance from any
i to any j is straightforward. What I don't know is how to get Stata to
loop over all observation and sum up the results.

For every observation i, I think I need to

(a) loop through all j n.e. I, doing computations involving variables
x1, x2(i) and x1, x2(j), and then

(b) sum up the results of these computations, returning a value which
becomes variable x3 for that i.

I expect there's a straightforward way to do this. Any suggestions?

Frederick Guy
Senior Lecturer
Department of Management
School of Business, Economics, and Infomatics
Birkbeck College, University of London
Malet St
London WC1E 7HX

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