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st: RE: collapse is too memory demanding


From   "David Radwin" <dradwin@mprinc.com>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: collapse is too memory demanding
Date   Mon, 26 Jul 2010 14:11:46 -0700 (PDT)

Oliver,

As a workaround, you might use Roger Newson's -xcollapse-, available from
SSC, to collapse two or more subsets of variables to files and then
-merge- the collapsed files back together. Use -findit xcollapse- if your
Stata version is earlier than 10.

David

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-
> statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Oliver Jones
> Sent: Monday, July 26, 2010 11:43 AM
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Subject: st: collapse is too memory demanding
> 
> Hi everybody,
> this is my first posting and I hope to ask a good question...
> How much additional free memory do I need to perfom a -collapse-?
> 
> Problem setting:
> I have a dataset containing information about ~20 million people living
in
> ~180 different
> regions and working in ~330 different jobs. The information is given by
> ~70 zero/one dummy
> variables, like male[yes/no], female[yes/no], age20-25[yes/no], ...
> When I try to collapse it like this I get the error that I need more
free
> memory
> 
> **********
> * begin excerpt code
> *
> * m_total is a dummy variable taking the value 1 if the person is male
> * f_total is a dummy variable taking the value 1 if the person is female
> *
> collapse (sum) m_total f_total ...(68 more dummy variables), by(aoaa
> beruford) fast
> *
> *
> .
> .
> no room to add more variables because of width
>      An attempt was made to add a variable that would have increased the
> memory required to
> store an observation beyond what is currently possible.  You have the
>      following alternatives:
> 
>       1.  Store existing variables more efficiently; see help compress.
> 
>       2.  Drop some variables or observations; see help drop.  (Think of
> Stata's data area as
> the area of a rectangle; Stata can trade off width and length.)
> 
>       3.  Increase the amount of memory allocated to the data area using
> the set memory
> command; see help memory.
> r(902);
> *
> *
> memory
> 
> .         memory
>                                                    bytes
> --------------------------------------------------------------------
> Details of set memory usage
>      overhead (pointers)                     159,493,976        8.45%
>      data                                  1,455,382,531       77.11%
>                                          ----------------------------
>      data + overhead                       1,614,876,507       85.56%
>      free                                    272,560,293       14.44%
>                                          ----------------------------
>      Total allocated                       1,887,436,800      100.00%
> --------------------------------------------------------------------
> Other memory usage
>      set maxvar usage                          2,041,738
>      set matsize usage                         1,315,200
>      programs, saved results, etc.                37,424
>                                          ---------------
>      Total                                     3,394,362
> -------------------------------------------------------
> Grand total                               1,890,831,162
> 
> *
> *
> * end code excerpt
> **********
> 
> 
> 
> I am grateful for any help.
> 
> Kind regards
> Oliver

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