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st: calculating the difference in logs


From   "Data Analytics Corp." <walt@dataanalyticscorp.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: calculating the difference in logs
Date   Thu, 12 Jul 2012 08:47:20 -0400

Hi,

Suppose I have a time series on annual sales. I'd like to calculate the year-over-year percent change using the difference in the natural logs. I tried

    g pct = d.ln(sales)

but I got an error message "unknown function d.ln()"

Then I tried

    g logg = ln(sales)
    g pct = d.logg

and I got the right answer. I'd like to use just the one line statement as in the first example. Can this be done? Am I missing something? It seems that it should work.

Thanks,

Walt

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