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Re: st: RE: Large data set that won't open

From   Kay Walker <>
Subject   Re: st: RE: Large data set that won't open
Date   Thu, 24 Jun 2010 17:55:49 +0930

Possibly if you can't get into Stata to edit the data file to make it smaller, drop it into Excel, split the file on variables not cases,(and copy the identifiers to the "new" half) so that you can analyse only those variables and cases you NEED in a particular context. You can always swap relevant variables in and out of the working data file if you want to perform further analyses later. I think it's the fact that the RAM has to hold the program and the relevant part of the datafile in memory for analysis that is causing the problem, not merely the size of the datafile vs the program.

Kay (Adelaide)

Martin Weiss wrote:

The size of your RAM is hard to tell from your current memory allocation -
the latter is just a lower bound for the former. But I guess you do not have
6G of RAM, do you? You would still need additional RAM for computations,
Note you can -use- a dataset with -if- and -in- qualifiers, so it is still
possible to get a subset into mem...


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of John Antonakis
Sent: Donnerstag, 24. Juni 2010 09:37
Subject: st: Large data set that won't open


I have a rather large data set that I cannot open in Stata; here are the particulars:

ls "D:\My Documents\STATA\upstata.dta",
5375.8M 6/23/10 10:44 upstata.dta
When I try to open the data set I get:

. use "D:\My Documents\STATA\upstata.dta", clear
no room to add more observations
An attempt was made to increase the number of observations beyond what is currently
    possible.  You have the following alternatives:

1. Store your variables more efficiently; see help compress. (Think of Stata's data area as the area of a rectangle; Stata can trade off width and length.)

     2.  Drop some variables or observations; see help drop.

3. Increase the amount of memory allocated to the data area using the set memory
         command; see help memory.

Here is my current memory allocation:

. q memory

Current memory allocation

                    current                                 memory usage
    settable          value     description                 (1M = 1024k)
    set maxvar         5000     max. variables allowed           1.909M
    set memory         1024M    max. data space              1,024.000M
    set matsize        1000     max. RHS vars in models          7.713M

It seems that I just don't have enough RAM to open this file. Is that correct?


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