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

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"'statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu'" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> |

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RE: st: RE: correct egen command to calculate means - please help |

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Wed, 18 May 2011 19:16:44 +0100 |

There are various ways to do it. Here's one: egen group = group(ID) su group, meanonly gen mean = . qui forval i = 1/`r(max)' { su ID if group == `i', meanonly local ID = r(mean) su Value if group == `i', meanonly replace mean = r(mean) if ParentID == `ID' } Another would to -collapse- to a set of means on ID and then -merge- back matching with ParentID. Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk Ophelie Desmarais Thanks a lot for the reply. Sorry for not providing more information: Let's say I have this dataset: UniqueID ID ParentID Value 1 1 10 2 1 20 3 2 1 5 4 2 2 5 Basically, I want to add another variable (say "mean_value") that calculates the mean for (10+20)/2 and assigns the value to UniqueID=3 (since UniqueID=3's ParentID is 1 and this links to UniqueID=1 and UniqueID=2's ID variable). For UniqueID=4, similarly, the mean_value would be = 5 (the average value of the observations where ID=ParentID=3). egen mean_value=mean(Value), by(ParentID) would give me 5 and 5 for UniqueID=3 and UniqueID=4, which is not what I try to get. Again, thanks for your kind answer. o. On 18 May 2011 19:44, Nick Cox <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> wrote: > I don't understand your pseudocode. It looks like > > Y = mean(X) where A = B > > to me. > > Nor is it "obvious" that > > egen MeanRevenueParent=mean(Revenue), by(ParentIndustry) > > is wrong. From your word description it sounds exactly right to me! > > Please give a worked example of what you want for a minimal dataset. > > Note that explanations that assume proficiency in Excel _and_ Stata catch a much smaller set of people than explanations that assume proficiency in Stata. > > (Can we assume that income == revenue?) > > Nick > n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk > > Ophelie Desmarais > > I have tried to find an answer for this on the web but to no avail. > > Simplified, I have following dataset where the unit of observation is > the industry (IndustryID) with the respective revenue. > > IndustryID, ParentIndustryID, Revenue > > > The ParentIndustryID links to IndustryID and reflects the hierachical > structure of the industries. For each industry, I want to add a > variable reflecting the mean income of the ParentIndustryID. How do I > do this in Stata? In Excel, this would be simply using AVERAGEIFS. > egen MeanRevenueParent=mean(Revenue), by(ParentIndustry) obviously > does not give the right mean. In terms of pseudo code, this should be > something like: > > MeanRevenueParent = Mean(Revenue) WHERE ParentIndustry=IndustryID > > Could anyone help me out? I don't want to switch around with Excel all the time. * * 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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**st: RE: correct egen command to calculate means - please help***From:*Nick Cox <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>

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