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st: count differents values of a variable

From   "Pablo.CARVALLO" <>
Subject   st: count differents values of a variable
Date   Wed, 13 Jul 2011 15:17:41 -0400

Dear List,

I have the following dataset:

quarter    country    var1
1996q2    arg        D
1996q3    arg        D
1996q4    arg        D
1997q1    arg        A
1997q2    arg        A
1997q3    arg        A
1997q4    arg        A
1998q1    arg        D
1998q2    arg        A
2002q4    arg        A
2003q1    arg        D
2003q2    arg        D
2003q3    arg        D
2003q4    arg        D
2004q1    arg        A
2004q2    arg        D

I need a new variable to know when a new value of var1 starts and how
many quarters this value repeats.

For example, there are 3 "D" from 1996q2-1996q4, so that newvar=3.

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