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Re: st: How to drop low frequency patterns from panel data

 From Nick Cox To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: How to drop low frequency patterns from panel data Date Fri, 3 Feb 2012 13:56:30 +0000

```Your first posting in fact showed a good sense that -egen-'s -tag()-
could be part of an answer. The logic is that each distinct pattern
must be tagged just once for each distinct panel; otherwise we count
more occurrences than we want. So the -tag()- argument has to be

ID patternvar

Once precisely what we want to count has been tagged with 1s, adding
them up gives the frequency. It doesn't matter that we add up the 0s
too, as manifestly they don't count (all puns should be considered
deliberate).

Nick

On Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 1:46 PM, Kim Peeters <kimpeeters84@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Thank you Nick!
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
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> Subject: Re: st: How to drop low frequency patterns from panel data
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> Sounds more like
>
> egen tag = tag(ID patternvar)
> egen IDcount = total(tag), by(patternvar)
> drop if IDcount < 20
>
> For the kind of logic here, see if desired
>
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>         Q4/08   SJ 8(4):557--568
>         shows how to answer questions about distinct observations
>         from first principles; provides a convenience command
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> On Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 10:37 AM, Kim Peeters <kimpeeters84@yahoo.com> wrote:
>> Dear Nick,
>>
>> Thank you for your fast reply and my apologies for not mentioning that -xtpatternvar- is a user-written command. Unfortunately, the solution that you suggest does not solve my question. I admit that my question was not clear. :-)
>>
>> Observations (i.e. persons) have multiple rows (one row for every year) of data. The code that you suggest loops through the entire data set and drops the patterns that occur less than twenty times in the entire data set, regardless of the number of rows within observations. However, the solution I’m looking for should drop all persons that share the same pattern if that pattern occurs less than twenty time (i.e. if less than twenty persons have the same pattern).
>>
>>
>> Best regards,
>> Kim
>>
>>
>>
>> ________________________________
>> From: Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>
>> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
>> Sent: Friday, February 3, 2012 10:35 AM
>> Subject: Re: st: How to drop low frequency patterns from panel data
>>
>> -xtpatternvar- is a user-written command from SSC. Please remember to
>> explain where user-written programs you refer to come from.
>>
>> bysort pattern : drop if _N < 20
>>
>> is I think what you seek.
>>
>> Nick
>>
>> On Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 9:22 AM, Kim Peeters <kimpeeters84@yahoo.com> wrote:
>>
>>> I have an unbalanced panel data set. The yearly data spans a period of almost twenty years. However, most subjects only participated in the last years of the study, which is confirmed by the analysis of the different panel patterns using -xtdescribe-. While some patterns' frequency is >1000, other patterns only occur once. To improve the data quality, I would like to drop all patterns that occur less than twenty times.
>>>
>>> I have not been able to accomplish this. Thus far, I can only re-generate the -xtdescribe- output again.
>>> xtpatternvar,gen(pattern)
>>> egen tag =tag(ID)
>>> tabulate pattern if tag, sort
>>>
>>> Any advice on how to drop low frequency patterns from panel data?
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