Notice: On April 23, 2014, Statalist moved from an email list to a forum, based at statalist.org.

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

From |
Steve Samuels <sjsamuels@gmail.com> |

To |
statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu |

Subject |
Re: st: snapsan command |

Date |
Mon, 21 May 2012 12:27:14 -0400 |

Sara Bonafonti: The explanation for the missing values is given in the Manual: "In fact, the varlist specifies the variables that apply to the time span ending at the time of the current snapshot. The other variables are assumed to be measured at the time of the snapshot and thus apply from the time of the snapshot forward. Thus varlist should include retrospective variables." Elaborating on Kieran's examples: ***************************** //1 webuse snapspan, clear snapspan id time x1 x2 event stset time, f(event) id(id) list, sepby(id) //2 webuse snapspan, clear snapspan x1 id time event stset time, f(event) id(id) list, sepby(id) //3 webuse snapspan, clear snapspan id time event stset time, f(event) id(id) list, sepby(id) ****************************** In the second version, x2 is not specified in the -snapspan- statement, so is assumed to become known only at the end of the first interval. Therefore x2 is not available (and hence missing) for the first interval. In the third version, you are telling Stata that neither x1 nor x2 was known at the start of the first interval. Aside: If, in this data, x1 and x2 were known at the start of the first interval , then there is no need to run -snapspan- before -stset-. Steve sjsamuels@gmail.com On May 21, 2012, at 3:41 AM, sara bonfanti wrote: I will try to formulate my problem in a clearer way... I have no problem in running the snapsan and the stcox command and I have understood their purpose. Still,after running the snapsan command I get an output I don't exepct, namely the missing values. My question is why such missing are generated? The manual says nothing about it (it just shows a picture of the dataset converted to a time-span form which contains missing values in the first row) and the other Stata users I've talked to couldn't explain it either. Furthermore, If I run the stcox command and Stata ignores the missing value created after running the snapsan command, can I consider the output of my cox regression reliable? Thanks Sara 2012/5/19 Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>: The command is -snapspan-, not -snapsan-. I think you didn't get an answer to this previously because it's hard to work out what you want. The tenor of your posting is "I don't understand" and that evokes sympathy, but it is hard to know what explanation could make it clearer than that in the manual. The answer to 1) is that it depends what you mean "when I work on my variables". Depending on that, the possibilities include nothing (the Stata command will ignore missing values), using -if- to exclude observations with missing values, and using -drop- to drop them. The answer to 2) is No. -generate()- is genuinely optional. For "STATA" read "Stata". For "cox" read "Cox". Nick On Sat, May 19, 2012 at 10:05 AM, sara bonfanti <sara.bonfanti@gmail.com> wrote: I'm stuck with my work beacuse of these problems. I'm using STATA 12.1. In order to run a cox regression (stcox) I have reshaped my dataset form wide to long and, then, I have run the command "snapsan". I wonder: 1) why, after running the command "snapsan", I get for each individual a first row (corresponding to the first year of my longitudinal database, i.e. 1997) of missing values except for the event variable. Reading the stata manual it seems a correct output but I don愒 know how to deal with these missing values later on, when I work on my variables. 2) if it愀 necessary to specify the option "generate(newt0var)". I have found it on manuals, but still I don愒 understand how it works, and why I should use it. * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**References**:**st: snapsan command***From:*sara bonfanti <sara.bonfanti@gmail.com>

**Re: st: snapsan command***From:*Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>

**Re: st: snapsan command***From:*sara bonfanti <sara.bonfanti@gmail.com>

- Prev by Date:
**st: RE: Can Spearman's rho be used to measure of the degree of association between two binary variables ?** - Next by Date:
**Re: st: Can Spearman's rho be used to measure of the degree of association between two binary variables ?** - Previous by thread:
**Re: st: snapsan command** - Next by thread:
**RE: st: snapsan command** - Index(es):