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Re: st: Is there a way and a seed reason to "double" preserve data?

From   Oliver Jones <>
Subject   Re: st: Is there a way and a seed reason to "double" preserve data?
Date   Mon, 04 Apr 2011 18:45:44 +0200

Hi Nick,
thanks for the quick answer.

The data sets contain up to 60 thousand time series each between 25 and 17
periods long, which amounts to an file size of approx 20 MB. The hardware
is an 8 core Unix Server and I use Stata-MP version 11.

Since I would have to save and use the data more than 60,000 * 5
(inner loop * outer loop) I thought it might be good to look a little bit
at speed.


Am 04.04.2011 18:27, schrieb Nick Cox:
Much depends on the size of dataset, your hardware set-up, which
Stata. You can waste more time trying to optimise code like this than
you will gain!

As you are concerned with speed, don't use -egen- to produce a new
variable which is a constant. Use -su, meanonly- and save r(mean). Or
get the mean in Mata.

Alternatively, do use -egen- with -by:-.


On Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 5:21 PM, Oliver Jones
<>  wrote:
Hi all,

maybe the more important question is the one regarding the speed of
preserve restore vs. save use.
If it makes no difference then I can save my data and use it later.

But if there is a improvement in execution time by using preserve and
restore, then I would like know if there is a way to "double preserve"
my data?

I want to double preserve my data, to be able to make forecasts for
different individuals and then save the forecasts in a mata matrix.

In a two step forval construct I've got something like

*********** Begin example **************
sysuse xtline1, clear
bysort person: gen int t = _n
forval person = 1/3 {
        dis _n "Starting the analysis of Person `person'" _n


        keep if person == `person'

        forval last_T = 360/365 { // here would follow the forecast code
                egen mean_calories = mean(calories)
                keep in L/L
                lacal mean_person_`person'_days_`last_T' =  mean_calories[1]
*********** end example **************

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