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"Nick Cox" <[email protected]> |

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RE: st: count (Stata 8) |

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Tue, 10 May 2005 20:02:27 +0100 |

I'm on record as a big fan of -foreach- but this problem doesn't seem to need a loop at all. Nevertheless, you want scalars, although I am not clear why. You can have it both ways by having variables and scalars too. (The variables will come in useful for graphs and tables.) egen cases = sum(dflag), by(year) egen n = sum(1), by(year) gen prevalence = cases / n tabdisp year, c(prevalence) levelsof year, local(Y) foreach y of local Y { su prev if year == `y', meanonly scalar prev`y' = r(min) } Nick [email protected] Heather Gold > Thanks for the replies thus far. > I'd prefer a scalar so I don't have to generate the extra > variables with a > value attached to each subject. > > Based on all the comments you have generously offered, I'm > closer to a > solution: > > forvalues i=1995/1998 { > count if dxflag==1 & year==`i' > scalar cases`i' = r(N) > count if year==`i' > scalar total`i' = r(N) > scalar prev`i' = cases`i'/total`i' > } > The problem is this doesn't give me different denominators > (ie, total for > each year)...thoughts? > Heather > > >-------Original Message------- > > > >>Dear Listers - > >> > >>I know this must be simple, but something eludes me. > >>I have a data set of subjects (cases and non-cases) by year > and am trying > >>to calculate a prevalence per year, ie, [cases/(cases+noncases)]. > >>ie, data look like this: > >>id year dxflag > >>1 1995 1 > >>1 1996 0 > >>1 1997 0 > >>2 1995 0 > >>2 1996 1 > >>... > >> > >>I found that I can write > >>by year: count if dxflag==1 > >>or > >>by year: count > >> > >>and these return number of cases in the first line, and > count of total > >>population in the second line, just as I want. > >>But what I need are these values as scalars, so I can > create a prevalence > >>per year. In the Stata 8 help/manual it says that -count- saves the > >>scalar of number of observations in r(N), but I can't seem > to get this > >>number to appear. Do I actually have to write a program to > calculate > >>this? And how does the "by year" part fit in...? * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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