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Re: st: bysort, forvalues and _N


From   Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: bysort, forvalues and _N
Date   Fri, 25 Jan 2013 20:10:56 +0000

I wouldn't approach it like that. I don't think a loop is required,
but rather a different data structure. Also, holding Duration may be
interesting and useful, but it is just awkward for this problem.

First save the dataset if not already -save-d. Then

gen long obsno = _n
gen endDate = startDate + Duration
expand  2
bysort obsno : gen Date = cond(_n == 1, startDate, endDate)
bysort obsno : gen inOut = cond(_n == 1, 1, -1)
bysort PersonID (Date) : gen noActivities = sum(inOut)

Compare e.g. thread starting at

http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2012-11/msg01163.html

Nick

On Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 7:38 PM, Constantin Alba
<constantin.alba@gmail.com> wrote:

> I have a dataset organized by personID, for each personID there are
> startDate and Duration for various activities.
>
> I want to find out how many activities a person performs at the same
> time (e.g. something like workload)
>
> logically i see it like this:
>
> sort personID startDate Duration
>
> by personID: forvalues i=1/`=_N' {
>                                    "compare current date with all
> other prior dates+duration
>                                        and update counter accordingly"
>                                       }
>
> however, by and forvalues do not work together, so i am trying to find
> an alternative way to do so.
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