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Re: st: Programming the fixed effect transformation in Mata with an unbalanced panel data

From   Matthew Baker <>
Subject   Re: st: Programming the fixed effect transformation in Mata with an unbalanced panel data
Date   Wed, 26 Jun 2013 08:35:10 -0400

Matteo --

The following is a way of constructing a matrix like the one you have
- but you might run into allocational issues for larger problems,
because for large N and large T, M is a matrix with a lot of zeros and
can really eat up the space! I might also mention that my little code
here uses loops, and there might be a more efficient way to do this.

/* Begin example */

clear all
webuse union
keep if id<5


for (i=1;i<=rows(m);i++) {
/* End example */

Hope that helps!


On Mon, May 20, 2013 at 12:16 PM, Matteo Pazzona <> wrote:
> Dear Statalist,
> I have an unbalanced panel data and I need to program the fixed effect
> transformation with MATA. The code I am trying to program is the usual (
> let's call the matrix for all the panel M):
> M = (I(N) #  (I(T) - 1/T(ee'))
> where N stands for unit observations ,T the total number of years, e =
> (1,1,...,1) is 1xT vector of ones and # is the kronecker product. Given that
> I have an unbalanced panel data, I have a varying number of years.  I am
> able to program it with balanced panel data but not with unbalanced data. I
> have checked on the FAQs but I could not find a clear answer to that.
> Secondly, after having computed the fixed effect transformation I need to
> delete the last observation for each group. So, if Y is the vector of
> independent variables , then I want to delete the Tth observation ( last
> observation) for each group of the matrix MY . Again, since the number of
> years is not fixed I am not able how to do that.
> If you could help me out on this too, it would be very helpful.
> Thanks in advance!
> Best,
> Matteo
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Dr. Matthew J. Baker
Department of Economics
Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY
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