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Re: st: Panel Data Manipulation, divide all by a group of data??


From   Halit Akturk <halitakturk@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Panel Data Manipulation, divide all by a group of data??
Date   Fri, 9 Jul 2010 22:04:33 -0500

Thank you Scott and Duha.
Both of your comments were very very helpful.

Best,

Halit Akturk
Department of Economics
Vanderbilt University



On Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 8:25 PM, Scott Merryman <scott.merryman@gmail.com> wrote:
> The FAQ "How can I generate a variable relating panel data to a
> reference panel? " at
>
> http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/stat/panelref.html
>
> might be useful.
>
> Scott
>
>
> On Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 3:58 PM, Halit Akturk <halitakturk@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I am a Stata 11 user. I am trying to do some data manipulation with a
>> panel data (long form). Can someone advice me on how to do what I am
>> trying to do in a more efficient way? I have a panel data of the
>> following sort:
>>           column1         column2
>> CAN     10                     1
>> CAN     55                     2
>> CAN     12                     3
>> UK       11                     4
>> UK       12                     5
>> UK       9                       6
>> USA     16                     7
>> USA     22                     8
>> USA     25                     9
>>
>> What I want to is to divide all values in column 1 and column 2 for
>> all countries by only the USA values in column 1!
>> I did this computation in sort of a manual way by basically getting
>> rid off all wariables other than USA column 1 values and saved that as
>> a .dta file (say try.dta). Then I merged try.dta with the existing
>> .dta file I have (above). This produced me a new column (say column 3)
>> which contains USA column 1 values aligned with CAN and UK and USA
>> column 1 values. Then I was able to compute by simply manipulating
>> columns. My method is sort of manual and this requires me to have a
>> seperate .dta file which I really don't like.
>> Anyhow, I hope I am clear in explaining what I like to do. I want to
>> learn whether there is an easier way of doing what I am trying to do
>> in a more efficient and nicer way.
>>
>> Thank you all for your help.
>>
>> Halit Akturk
>> Department of Economics
>> Vanderbilt University
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