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Re: st: RE: Gini coefficient for spatial data


From   Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: RE: Gini coefficient for spatial data
Date   Wed, 23 May 2012 00:04:05 +0100

None of the commands know what they are receiving. The calculations
are the same for areal data as for as data on individuals.

Nick

On Tue, May 22, 2012 at 11:49 PM, Francisco Rowe <frowe@ucn.cl> wrote:
> Thanks Nick.
>
> Well, I rephrase my question: Can I apply the existing Stata commands -e.g. ineqdeco, inequal, sgini- to calculate the Gini coefficient using spatial data? All of the commands I mentioned seem to require as input micro data.
>
> What I want is to measure the degree of concentration/dispersion of different variables at the different geographical scales.
>
> Francisco.
>
>
> On 23/05/2012, at 12:40 AM, Nick Cox wrote:
>
>> Ignorance is a condition treatable by computer searching.
>>
>> I don't know that Gini coefficients are defined differently for spatial data. However, last time I looked seriously, the name "Gini coefficient" had been applied to about four quite different measures, so you might need to say which you have in mind.
>>
>> More positively, -findit gini- might find what you want. Note that most if not all of the Stata functionality in this territory is user-written.
>>
>> Nick
>> n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk
>>
>> Francisco Rowe
>>
>> An ignorant question: I would like to know how can I compute a Gini coefficient using spatial data, for example regional unemployment rates?
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