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Re: st: how to get monthly values from Bimonthly data

 From sabbas gidarokostas To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: how to get monthly values from Bimonthly data Date Tue, 31 Jul 2012 18:45:22 +0100

```thanks Nick for your reply and the useful code. But I need to convert
these values to monthly data because the rest of my data are only
monthly  values.

cheers

On 7/31/12, Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com> wrote:
> I would leave these data almost as they are. What you can do is
>
> gen year = real(substr(dates, -4, 4))
> gen period = substr(dates, 1, 2)
> gen month = cond(per == "JF", 1, cond(per == "MA", 3, cond(per ==
> "MJ", 5, cond(per == "JA", 7, cond(per == "SO", 9, cond(per == "ND",
> 11, .))))))
>
> gen date = ym(year, month)
> tsset id date , delta(2)
>
> The key point is that you have bimonthly data and that's fine. No
> doubling up or interpolation is needed; in fact that can only produce
> a spurious increase in your sample size.
>
> Some people would undoubtedly prefer -recode- for the mapping "JF" -> 1,
> etc.
>
> Nick
>
> On Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 3:48 AM, sabbas gidarokostas
> <sabbasgidarokostas@googlemail.com> wrote:
>> Dear all,
>>
>> I have the following panel data set
>> clear all
>> input str8  (id        text             dates           values1
>> values2 )
>>
>> "1"    "ot"            " "             ""                " "
>> "1"    "wt"          " "               ""              " "
>> "1"    "rt"        "MA 2005"            "32.4"          "2.5"
>> "1"    "gh"        "MJ 2005"            "82.3"          "12.5"
>> "1"    "bg"        "JA 2005"            "2.5"          "24.5"
>> "1"    "se"        "SO 2005"            "82.5"          " "
>> "1"    "cv"        "ND 2005"            "62.3"          "26.3"
>> "1"    "cv"        "JF 2006"           "12.2"           "22.3"
>> "1"    "cv"        "MA 2006"            "22.1"          "2.4"
>> "2"    "ot"          " "                " "               " "
>> "2"    "wt"           " "                " "         " "
>> "2"    "rt"        "MA 2005"
>> "2"    "gh"         "MJ 2005"            "32.3"          "23.5"
>> "2"    "bg"        "JA 2005"            "52.4"          "22.3"
>> "2"    "se"        "SO 2005"            "82.9"          "22.5"
>> "2"    "cv"        "ND 2005"            " "          "2.5"
>> "2"    "cv"        "JF 2006"            "332.4"          " "
>> "2"    "cv"        "MA 2006"            "312.4"          "21.5"
>> end
>> The above data set is a sample.
>> Basically,I have 30000 individuals and  instead of the last 2 columns
>> that contain the numbers I have 29 such columns.
>>
>> The data set refers to bimontly values.
>>
>> Is there a way to  convert the above data to montly data?
>> Specifically, What I think is that first I have to split the dates as
>> follows
>>
>> M/2005
>> A/2005
>> M/2005
>> J/2005
>>
>> and so forth and then to convert them to
>>
>> 3/2005
>> 4/2005
>> 6/2005
>> and so forth.
>>
>> So regarding the first 3 columns I should get
>>
>> "1"    "ot"            " "
>> "1"    "wt"          " "
>> "1"    "rt"        "3/2005"
>> "1"    "rt"        "4 2005"
>> "1"    "gh"        "5/2005"
>> "1"    "gh"        "6/2005"
>>
>> and so forth.I am not exactly sure how to handle the last two columns,
>> though(numerical values)
>>
>> I think that one way would be to divide the bimonthly values by 2. Then I
>> get
>>
>> "1"    "ot"            " "
>> "1"    "wt"          " "
>> "1"    "rt"        "3/2005"            "32.4/2"          "2.5/2"
>> "1"    "rt"        "4 2005"              "32.4/2"          "2.5/2"
>> "1"    "gh"        "5/2005"             "82.3/5"          "12.5/5"
>> "1"    "gh"        "6/2005"                  "82.3/5"          "12.5/5"
>>
>> I am not sure that this makes sense as I have repeated values for two
>> consequtive months.
>>
>> Another way would be interpolation?
>>
>> Any code provided is greatly appreciated.
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