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o save me -memory

‘o save me’ memory cries
heed and keep data light
byte is all that’s necessary
if variable v is 0 or unity

choose the optimal data type
to save memory and keep data light
but if you’re not sure what is best
trust Stata and use -compress-

-compress- reduces memory
by demoting the type of v
if v is string with maximum length three
-compress- stores v as str3 not str20
if v is 1 to 32740
-compress- stores v as int not floatie

 

Stata from Scratch for DSWD and NAPC staff
Links: Introduction to Stata

2 Responses

  1. Worry no more! Stata 12 is coming out with automatic memory management up to 1 terabyte =)

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