# RE: st: re: averaging within a variable

 From "kelly johnson" <[email protected]> To [email protected] Subject RE: st: re: averaging within a variable Date Tue, 12 Jul 2005 22:49:00 -0400

now suppose I had to do this operation in 100 different variabes (call them var1-var100), how can i code a simple loot to do that?

i want to perform this within each variable: gen Var2=(Var1+Var1[_n-1])/2 if mod(_n,2)==0

(even _n calculations are fine...)

Thanks!

From: Kit Baum <[email protected]>
To: [email protected]
Subject: st: re: averaging within a variable
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2005 22:32:13 -0400

Austin said

g Var2=(Var1+Var1[_n-1])/2 if mod(_n,2)==0

-----Original Message-----
From: kelly johnson [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2005 9:51 PM
Hi,
Quick question: suppose I have a variable like this:
N Var1
1 12
2 45
3 65
100 15
How can I create a new variable whose first observation is the average of
Var1[1] and Var1[2], second observation is the avaerage of Var1[3] and
Var1[4], etc. There will be a total of 50 observations for this new

Not quite. That creates the even-numbered obs. of Var2 as the desired values, with the odd-numbered values equal to missing. To fix that up, thanks to Bill Gould's excellent tutorial at this morning's Boston SUG meeting, you may use a cute mata trick (in Stata 9, anyway):

clear
set obs 100
g Var1=_n
g Var2=(Var1+Var1[_n-1])/2 if mod(_n,2)==0
mata:
v = st_data(.,"Var2",0) // grab nonmissing elements of Var2
null=J(50,1,.)
v = v\null // append 50 missings
st_store(.,2,v) // stuff it back in Var2
end
list

Kit Baum, Boston College Economics
http://ideas.repec.org/e/pba1.html

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