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st: Quintiles

From   Leonardo Jaime Gonzalez Allende <>
To   "" <>
Subject   st: Quintiles
Date   Wed, 8 Aug 2012 09:55:02 -0400

Hi Stata Users,

I'm trying to divide a sample of households (expanded) into quintiles using the xtile command. I want to create 5 groups with the exactly same quantity of population, but using the xtitle command, the quantity of households in each quintil is very slightly different to 20% when the number of observations isn't exactly dividable by 5.

I'm using:
xtile Quintiles [aw= weight] =  incomes, nq(5)

Do you know any command to divide the population (sample expanded) into 5 groups of exactly same weight? The 4 households in the cut points should be dividing into two quintiles?

Thanks so much and best regards,

Leonardo González

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