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Re: st: Question about fillin


From   Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Question about fillin
Date   Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:39:43 +0000

-fillin- doesn't support -if- or -in- either, so a loop over groups is
out of the question (without some awful choreography of files).

This is an in-place solution. The use of -contract- as an expansion
command is perhaps counter-intuitive, but it works for your example.
History bites me here, as the name -contract- was my suggestion.

If you have other variables you are not telling us about, as seems all
too likely, I guess that makes things no more difficult than the need
for a -merge- as well.

. egen group = concat(ind stock), p(" ")

. contract period group, zero

. split group, destring
variables born as string:
group1  group2
group1 has all characters numeric; replaced as byte
group2 contains nonnumeric characters; no replace

. rename (group?) (individual stock)

. gen _fillin = 1 - _freq

. drop _freq group

. sort individual stock period

. list individual stock period, sep(8)

     +---------------------------+
     | indivi~l   stock   period |
     |---------------------------|
  1. |        1       A        1 |
  2. |        1       A        2 |
  3. |        1       C        1 |
  4. |        1       C        2 |
  5. |        1       E        1 |
  6. |        1       E        2 |
  7. |        1       F        1 |
  8. |        1       F        2 |
     |---------------------------|
  9. |        2       G        1 |
 10. |        2       G        2 |
 11. |        2       H        1 |
 12. |        2       H        2 |
 13. |        2       I        1 |
 14. |        2       I        2 |
 15. |        2       K        1 |
 16. |        2       K        2 |
     +---------------------------+

On Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM, André Gyllenram
<a_gyllenram@hotmail.com> wrote:

> I have a question about the command fillin.
>
> It is not possible to combine this with by. But can you do in some other way?
>
> I would like to write like this:
>
> by individual: fillin individual stock period.
>
>
> My data looks like this;
>
> INDIVIDUAL    STOCK   PERIOD
> 1             C        1
> 1             E        1
> 1             A        2
> 1             F        2
>
> 2             G        1
> 2             H        1
> 2             I        2
> 2             K        2
>
> And I would like to add observations with missing data so that in every time period there is a row for all stocks that the individual owns in any period. Individual 1 owns
> stock C, E, A and F in period 1 or 2. This means that i want a row for these stocks in every time period for individual 1.
>
> Individual 2 owns stock G, H, I an K in period 1 or 2. So for every time period I want a row for these stocks for individual 2. In this example I want to add observations so the data looks like this:
>
>
> INDIVIDUAL   STOCK   PERIOD
> 1            A       1
> 1            C       1
> 1            E       1
> 1            F       1
> 1            A       2
> 1            C       2
> 1            E       2
> 1            F       2
>
> 2            G       1
> 2            H       1
> 2            I       1
> 2            K       1
> 2            G       2
> 2            H       2
> 2            I       2
> 2            K       2
>
> So in this example I want to add 8 rows. If I write fillin individual period I would add much more rows than i want to since the individuals together own stocks A, C, E, F, G, H, I
> and K.

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