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From   "Michael Blasnik" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: Re: solving equations with stata
Date   Wed, 04 Jan 2006 11:51:56 -0500

gen weight=res^-2
sum weight, meanonly
replace weight=weight*_N/r(sum)

Michael Blasnik

----- Original Message ----- From: "Gianfranco Spiteri" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2006 11:34 AM
Subject: st: solving equations with stata

I am trying to perform a downweighting process for a dataset I am working on
(for an outbreak detection system of infectious diseases based on the
Farrington method). As part of the process I have got to a point were I have
a list of residuals (res). I need to create weights for the original data
based on these residuals using the following formulas:
weight = a * res ^ -2
where a is a constant such that:
sum of all weights = n

where n is the number of observations (n is 35 or less with this method)
I'm sure there is a relatively straight forward way of doing this in stata,
but I cant seem to find it. Can anyone help me out,
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