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Re: st: How to get rid of outliers


From   Sergiy Radyakin <serjradyakin@gmail.com>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   Re: st: How to get rid of outliers
Date   Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:47:54 -0400

Xixi,

statalist FAQ in 3.1 suggests to "Explain what doesn’t work".

The code I posted removes the persons from NLSW88 dataset shipped with
Stata that report very low or very high wages, compared to the other
people in this dataset (2.5% of low earners and 2.5% of high earners).
It also plots the distribution graph, to give you an idea of what it
is going to do (keep only people between the two red lines, remove the
persons in the tails).

The code is here:
do http://radyakin.org/statalist/2013102401/remove_outliers.do

The picture is here:
http://radyakin.org/statalist/2013102401/wage_cut.png

The program drops 112 persons, which is roughly .0498 of the sample.
(you can only drop a _whole_ person, so that is not exactly 0.05).

Now, what "seems to be not working" mean?

Best, Sergiy Radyakin



On Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 2:54 PM, Xixi Lin <winnielxx@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Sergiy,
>
> I tried your code, but it seems to be not working.
>
> Best,
> Xixi Lin
>
> On Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 11:55 AM, Sergiy Radyakin
> <serjradyakin@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Xixi, listen to Nick's advice. But if you still want to drop them, here is how:
>>
>> sysuse nlsw88
>> centile wage, c(2.5 97.5)
>> local l=r(c_1)
>> local r=r(c_2)
>> kdensity wage, xline(`l') xline(`r')
>> keep if inrange(wage, `l', `r')
>>
>> Best, Sergiy Radyakin
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 10:45 AM, Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> If the question is simple
>>>
>>> How to get rid of outliers?
>>>
>>> then there is a good simple long answer
>>>
>>> Don't (usually).
>>>
>>> and a good simple short answer
>>>
>>> Don't.
>>>
>>> There are of course even longer answers in many places. The thread starting at
>>>
>>> http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2007-06/msg00185.html
>>>
>>> throws a variety of lights on outliers and immodesty leads me to recommend
>>>
>>> http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2007-06/msg00239.html
>>>
>>> as particularly long-winded, and respect leads me to nominate Richard
>>> Goldstein's concise remark
>>>
>>> http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2007-06/msg00240.html
>>>
>>> as most penetrating of all. But the whole thread is worth looking through
>>>
>>> One rather long footnote to the thread is provided by
>>>
>>> SJ-13-3 st0313  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Speaking Stata: Trimming to taste
>>>         (help trimmean, trimplot if installed)  . . . . . . . . . .  N. J. Cox
>>>         Q3/13   SJ 13(3):640--666
>>>         tutorial review of trimmed means, emphasizing the scope for
>>>         trimming to varying degrees in describing and exploring data
>>>
>>> but the best Stata incantation of all is likely to be -glm-.
>>>
>>> More generally, modify your model so that outliers are accommodated.
>>>
>>> Don't modify your data because they are awkward to analyse.
>>>
>>> Nick
>>> njcoxstata@gmail.com
>>>
>>>
>>> On 24 October 2013 15:31, Xixi Lin <winnielxx@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Hi All,
>>>>
>>>> I know it seems to be a very simple question. But I still wanna ask
>>>> how to keep 99%(95%) of the data? Is it just chop off 2 standard
>>>> deviations? How to code it then?
>>>>
>>>> Thanks a lot.
>>>>
>>>> Best,
>>>> Xixi Lin
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