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# Re: st: Differencing problem

 From Jeph Herrin To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: Differencing problem Date Thu, 27 Jun 2013 08:59:23 -0400

```Can you share the output of -xtset- ?

On 6/27/2013 8:09 AM, Michael Betz wrote:
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```Right. Whenever I've done this before that is exactly what I would get too. Now the value of the difference for the second observation is missing in each instance. Not sure what is going on.

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Nick Cox
Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2013 4:26 AM
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: Re: st: Differencing problem

Nothing obviously wrong there.

With panels length 2 what I expect is what I get, just one value of the difference for the second observation.

. set obs 10
obs was 0, now 10

. gen y = runiform()

. egen id = seq(), block(2)

. egen t = seq(), to(2)

. xtset id t
panel variable:  id (strongly balanced)
time variable:  t, 1 to 2
delta:  1 unit

. gen dy = d.y
(5 missing values generated)

. l

+-------------------------------+
|        y   id   t          dy |
|-------------------------------|
1. | .1369841    1   1           . |
2. | .6432207    1   2    .5062366 |
3. | .5578017    2   1           . |
4. | .6047949    2   2    .0469932 |
5. |  .684176    3   1           . |
|-------------------------------|
6. | .1086679    3   2    -.575508 |
7. | .6184582    4   1           . |
8. | .0610638    4   2   -.5573944 |
9. | .5552388    5   1           . |
10. | .8714491    5   2    .3162102 |
+-------------------------------+
Nick
njcoxstata@gmail.com

On 27 June 2013 02:56, Michael Betz <betz.40@buckeyemail.osu.edu> wrote:
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```. d college_

storage  display     value
variable name   type   format      label      variable label
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
college_        float  %9.0g

. su college_

Variable |       Obs        Mean    Std. Dev.       Min        Max
-------------+--------------------------------------------------------
college_ |       716 94970.41    257294.9       3479    3707827

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
[mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Nick Cox
Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 6:53 PM
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: Re: st: Differencing problem

I would bet No. Show us the results of

d var
su var

Nick
njcoxstata@gmail.com

On 26 June 2013 23:38, Michael Betz <betz.40@buckeyemail.osu.edu> wrote:

```
```The code you sent works fine. I am using -xtset- to define the panel data. Will that make a difference?
```
```

```
```See if this works. The problem may be with the time variable. Sergiy

sysuse auto,clear
generate t=_n
tsset t
generate x=d.mpg
list mpg x
```
```
On Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 4:20 PM, Michael Betz <betz.40@buckeyemail.osu.edu> wrote:

```
```I am trying to use the "d." operator to get differenced observations
but am having some trouble. When I try to calculate differenced
observations using

gen newvar=d.(var)

Stata returns each observation as missing. My data has observations for each variable in each of two time periods and variation exists over the two time periods. I've used the "d." before without problems so I'm not sure what I'm missing here. Any help is appreciated.
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