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# Re: st: cutpoints for deciles

 From "Fabian Schönenberger" To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: cutpoints for deciles Date Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:48:59 +0200

```Many thanks!

Is it possible to loop over years?

forvalues t = 1976/2012 {
> sum x if year=`t', meanonly
> gen x_cat = (x - r(min)) / (r(max)-r(min)) x if year=`t'
> replace x_cat = ceil( 10 * x_cat) x if year=`t'
}

How do I have to adjust the formula to generate 5 bins?

Thanks, Fabian

-------- Original-Nachricht --------
> Datum: Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:14:55 +0200
> Von: Maarten Buis <maartenlbuis@gmail.com>
> An: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Betreff: Re: st: cutpoints for deciles

> On Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 1:44 PM, "Fabian Schönenberger" wrote:
> > My goal is to assign each company to a decile according to its market
> capitalization on a yearly basis. Instead of forming equally distributed
> portfolios with xtile2 (Stata module by Wang), I want the assignment based on
> 10 cutpoints of the market capitalization.
> >
> > For example: If in year 1 the smallest company is 200, the largest 2000,
> there are the following cutpoints:
> 200,380,560,740,920,1100,1280,1460,1640,1820,2000. A company with market capitalization of 250 should be in
> portfolio 1, one with 1900 market capitalization in portfolio 10.
>
> First of all, I would not call these deciles, you might call them bins.
>
> Here is one solution:
>
> *-------------- begin example --------------
> clear
> input x
> 200
> 250
> 1900
> 2000
> end
>
> sum x, meanonly
> gen x_cat = (x - r(min)) / (r(max)-r(min))
> replace x_cat = ceil( 10 * x_cat)
> list
> *--------------- end example ---------------
> (For more on examples I sent to the Statalist see:
> http://www.maartenbuis.nl/example_faq )
>
> Also see: Nicholas J. Cox (2003) Stata tip 2: Building with floors and
> ceilings. The Stata Journal, 3(4): 446-447.
> <http://www.stata-journal.com/article.html?article=dm0002>
>
> Hope this helps,
> Maarten
>
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