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# Re: st: converting non-integer weights into integer weights

 From Ramani Gunatilaka <[email protected]> To [email protected] Subject Re: st: converting non-integer weights into integer weights Date Thu, 20 Nov 2003 02:42:08 +0000

```Hi all,
I am sorry to bug you with this problem again but the solution that Branko very kindly suggested didn't work for me.
To recap briefly, I need to use weights with the  _pctile and kdensity commands. But mine are non-integer weights (for an example see my first mail below) and even though I multiplied the weights by 100 as Branko suggested (since they have only two decimal places) I get an error as follows:

use c:\data95\hhcons95, clear

. keep x hhsize w

. gen freq=hhsize*w*100

. _pctile x [fweight=freq], percentiles(5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,55,60,65,7
> 0,75,80,85,90,95,99)

may not use noninteger frequency weights
r(401);

I have a hunch that multiplying the original weight by 100 made it too long to be stored as an integer. The largest transformed weight then becomes 7 digits.

Would anybody have any ideas on this?

Thanks so much,
Ramani

[email protected] wrote:
>       Ramani,
>
> why don;t you multiply the weights by a hundred (or whatever; a
> thousand),
> and then create integers. kdensity should  work then.
>
>       best, branko
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> Hi all,
> I hope there maybe someone out there who may be able to help me with this
> query.
> I have a household level data set of roughly 19,000 households with the
> following variables: per capita consumption in rupees (x), population
> weights
> (w) and household size (hhsize) as in the sample below (I'm sorry the
> column
> heads are not aligned).
>
> x            w           hhsize
> 204.4059           176.45            3
> 402.0174           119.22            6
> 218.7155           51.84             8
> 1083.199           1266.73           6
> 303.6877           169.54            3
>
> The weights represent the number of households in the entire population
> that
> each particular household represents.
>
> I need to estimate the kernel density of the consumption distribution and
> have
> consulted Stata's kdensity function as well as the akdensity module
> developed by
> Van Kerm. Both permit the use of weights, but only of fweights and
> aweights. But
> while the weights in my data set are frequency weights, they are
> certainly not
> integers as required by Stata.
>
> Would someone know how I may get round this problem? I'd rather use the
> kdensity
> or akdensity commands and not have to write up a programme from scratch.
>
> Thanks so much,
> Ramani
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