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st: RE: -panelthin- available on SSC

From   "Nick Cox" <>
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Subject   st: RE: -panelthin- available on SSC
Date   Tue, 25 Nov 2008 17:01:35 -0000

For "anything" read "anyone" 

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From: [] On Behalf Of Nick Cox
Sent: 25 November 2008 16:15
Subject: st: -panelthin- available on SSC

Following its mention yesterday in a thread started by Leny Matthew, I have written a help file for -panelthin- and posted it to Kit Baum, who has kindly posted the package on SSC. 

Use -ssc- as usual to install. 

-panelthin- identifies observations that would belong in a thinned panel
dataset in which observations in each panel are at least a minimum  
time apart. The result is a new variable tagging observations in the  
thinned dataset by 1 and others by 0.

The calculation is carried out looping up to the maximum length of panel. That is more efficient than a naïve loop over observations. If anything can figure a way of doing it without any loop, do signal. 

The procedure in -panelthin- was in broad terms suggested by Rajesh Tharyan in a Statalist posting in May. The help gives the precise URL. 

Stata 8 is required. 

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