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

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<statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> |

Subject |
RE: st: RE: RE: Cut function |

Date |
Mon, 2 Aug 2010 18:01:56 +0100 |

Your problem keeps changing. Now it is to round into one minute intervals. I see no reason why -floor()- and/or -ceil()- could not help. It also appears that you want to insert extra observations. Why? What good would that do? Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk Katia Bobulova Dear Nick, thank you very much for your help, but I don't think that the ceil() function is the right solution for my problem. I will try to explain better what I am trying to do with an example. Data Time 03jan2000 93157 03jan2000 93201 03jan2000 93248 03jan2000 93305 03jan2000 93602 03jan2000 93805 03jan2000 94000 I want to divide time in 1-min intervals, so I would like to have this result: Data Time 03jan2000 93000 03jan2000 93100 03jan2000 93200 03jan2000 93200 03jan2000 93300 03jan2000 93400 03jan2000 93500 03jan2000 93600 03jan2000 93700 03jan2000 93800 03jan2000 93900 03jan2000 94000 The cut function doesn't work as well because in that case I will not have also the intervals for 93500, 93700 for example, that were not in the "original" time. Is there someone who can help me? 2010/7/28 Nick Cox <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>: > The reference here to -ceiling()- was a typo. The ceiling function is implemented as -ceil()-, as another reference indicates. Sorry if that floored you. Nick Cox > You can have anything you like with zero observations: it just won't be visible in your dataset. > > More seriously: > > I don't understand your precise problem but I've never wanted to use -egen, cut()- (as compared with -egen, group()- which I use very frequently). > > If I want to coarsen, I always want to use constant intervals and to be totally clear which way things were rounded. I thus turn to -floor()- or -ceiling()-. Of course, other people often want otherwise. > > To give a non-time series example: > > . sysuse auto > (1978 Automobile Data) > > . clonevar mpg2 = mpg > > . replace mpg2 = 5 * floor(mpg/5) > (60 real changes made) > > . tab mpg2 > > Mileage | > (mpg) | Freq. Percent Cum. > ------------+----------------------------------- > 10 | 8 10.81 10.81 > 15 | 27 36.49 47.30 > 20 | 20 27.03 74.32 > 25 | 12 16.22 90.54 > 30 | 4 5.41 95.95 > 35 | 2 2.70 98.65 > 40 | 1 1.35 100.00 > ------------+----------------------------------- > Total | 74 100.00 > > Thus with -floor()- you can round down; your definition will be transparent once you know what -floor()- does; and the resulting values will be automatically self-explanatory. Rounding up just requires -ceil()- instead. > > There is more at > > SJ-3-4 dm0002 . . . . . . . . Stata tip 2: Building with floors and ceilings > . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N. J. Cox > Q4/03 SJ 3(4):446--447 (no commands) > tips for using floor() and ceil() > > Some years ago I suggested to StataCorp that -floor()- and -ceil()- be extended to allow two arguments so that -floor(mpg, 5)- would have the effect above, but while I am still waiting it's easy enough to apply rounding to any interval. Katia Bobulova > I used the command egen cut to divide the time in 5-min intervals. > > My 5-min intervals start from 9:30, however, for some days the time > starts for example at 9:40 and so on. > > Is there a way to have the time interval with zero observations? * * 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/

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