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st: first program

From   Dirk Nachbar <>
To   statalist <>
Subject   st: first program
Date   01 Jun 2006 12:57:57 +0100


I am trying to write my first Stata program and was wondering if someone could go through it and tell me if it's correct, how I should refer to id and what rclass means (just copied that).

Another thing, I compiled it once and then wanted to recompile it. How do I do that?

Thanks, Dirk


program to balance an unbalanced panel, keep only those individuals with the max duration


program balance, rclass

version 8.2

syntax id [if] [in]

qui     {

    sort id

    by id: egen count=count(id)

    sum count

    local max=r(max)

    keep if count==max



Dirk Nachbar

Assistant Economist


Department for Work and Pensions

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