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st: Bootstrap strata

From   Laura Gibbons <>
Subject   st: Bootstrap strata
Date   Fri, 31 May 2013 13:53:29 -0700 (PDT)

I have data with 1 to 7 observations/person. I want to randomly sample one observation/person in some sort of a bootstrapping process to get an appropriate error term for, say, x.

I can set this up myself using a loop around the -bsample- command [bsample 1, strata(id)], posting the estimated coefficient for x each sample and taking the std dev of the mean of x for my 1000 times through the loop.

Is there a way to do this directly in -bootstrap-? Here is what the manual says about the strata option there:

    strata(varlist) specifies the variables that identify strata.  If this
        option is specified, bootstrap samples are taken independently within
        each stratum.

It is not clear to me what that means. Does it mean it will sample once from each stratum? I think not, based on my results, but I honestly can't tell.

Many thanks,

Laura E. Gibbons, PhD
General Internal Medicine, University of Washington
Box 359780, Harborview Medical Center, 325 Ninth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
phone: 206-744-1842, fax: 206-744-9917,
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