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st: Re: Memory problems when creating a spatial weight matrix

From   "Michael Blasnik" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   st: Re: Memory problems when creating a spatial weight matrix
Date   Fri, 21 Sep 2007 08:49:15 -0400

You need to give us more information about your dataset, operating system, etc. The 940m should be plenty of room for a 500 observation dataset and an 800x800 matrix. Can you describe your dataset in more detail? Do you have hundreds of long string variables? Is there a way for you to encode any long strings and compress other variables? In terms of accessing more memory -- what OS are you using? If MS Windows XP, have you tried the memory hotfix described here

Michael Blasnik

----- Original Message ----- From: "Lina Jonsson" <[email protected]>
To: <[email protected]>
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2007 5:25 AM
Subject: st: Memory problems when creating a spatial weight matrix

Dear statalisters.

I am working with a hedonic price study where I whould like to check for
and correct for spatial autocorrelation. For this I whould like to
create a spatial weight matrix based on the x- and y-coordinates for
each house using the spatwmat-command in spdep. Since I have Intercooled
Stata the maximum matsize that I can set is 800, which means that I can
use no more than 800 observations. But since I cannot set memory to more
than 940m, the actual numbers of observations that I can use is less
than 500. This is to few.

After reading some old questions concerning memory problems I realize
that this might be a problem that is hard to solve.
Does any of you have any suggestions on how I can increase the memory in
Stata. Can increasing the RAM-memory on my computer help? Or is it
unrealistic to think that it will be possible to create a matrix whith
the spatwmat-command that will be almost 8000x800 on a "standard"
computer? Should I change to some other software and what in that case?

I am greatful for any suggestions!

/Lina Jonsson
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