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{* 13Sep2009}{...}
{cmd:help anymatch}
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{title:Title}
{p2colset 5 17 20 2}{...}
{p2col :{hi: anymatch} {hline 2}}distance matching based on any metric{p_end}
{marker s_Syntax}
{title:Syntax}
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{cmdab:anymatch} [{varlist}], {opt id( )} {opt met:ric( )} [{it:options}]
{marker s_Description}
{title:Description}
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{cmd:anymatch} provides a fast and easy way to perform distance matching based on any metric of choice. It mathces
identifiers or attributes from one to another based on the metric distance. It also
counts the number of nearest observations that lay within a certain metric distance.
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{cmd:anymatch} is also capable of sibling matching, extracting id and attributes of siblings within a family.
{marker s_Options}
{title:Options}
{dlgtab:Main}
{p 4 12 6}{opt id(varname)} unique identifiers. They cannot be missing. {p_end}
{p 4 12 6}{opt met:ric(varname)} any metric of choice. {p_end}
{p 4 12 6}{opt don:or(varname)} an indicator for donor. Neighbors will be found for them. The default is 1 for everyone.{p_end}
{p 4 12 6}{opt rec:ipient(varname)} an indicator for recipients. They are candidate to be someone's neighbor. The default is 1 for everyone.{p_end}
{p 4 12 6}{opt near:est(#)} the number of nearest neighbors to be found. {opt near:est(.)} will make it look
until it runs out of potential neighbors. The default is 5.{p_end}
{p 4 12 6}{opt min:imum(#)} the minimum distance in the metric provided. {p_end}
{p 4 12 6}{opt max:imum(#)} the maximum distance in the metric provided.{p_end}
{p 4 12 6}{opt count} count the number of neighbors within the area upto {opt near:est(#)}{p_end}
{p 4 12 6}{opt noi:sily} display the progress on the screen.{p_end}
{dlgtab:Nomenclature}
{p 4 12 6}{opt dist( )} name of variables to contain distances/differences. The default is "dist" {p_end}
{p 4 12 6}{opt count( )} name of variable to contain the number of neighbors. The default is "count".{p_end}
{p 4 12 6}{opt pre:fix( )} prefix. The default is "_". {p_end}
{p 4 12 6}{opt suf:fix( )} non-index suffix before the indices. The default is none. {p_end}
{title:Hints}
{p 4 4 6}If you have more than one datasets, they need to be appeneded into one dataset. They should
have the same name for metric so that it will appear in the same column.
{p 4 4 6}Use donor( ) option to indicate the potential pool from which a match will be found. See an example below.
{p 4 4 6}Use recipient( ) option to indicate locations for which a match will be found. See an example below.
{p 4 4 6}Use noisily option to see the progress on the screen.
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{title:Examples}
{p 4 4 6}* suggestions on how to create unique identifier{p_end}
{p 4 8 6}gen id = _n{p_end}
{p 4 8 6}egen id = group(state county){p_end}
{p 4 4 6}* The nearest price and the difference from it {p_end}
{p 4 8 6}{stata sysuse auto, clear} {p_end}
{p 4 8 6}{stata gen id=_n} {p_end}
{p 4 8 6}{stata keep price id} {p_end}
{p 4 8 6}{stata anymatch price, id(id) metric(price) near(1) dist(price_diff)} {p_end}
{p 4 8 6}{stata browse} {p_end}
{p 4 4 6}* sibling matching with family id as metric and the maximum distance of 0 {p_end}
{p 4 4 6}{stata sysuse auto, clear}{p_end}
{p 4 4 6}{stata ren mpg family}{p_end}
{p 4 4 6}{stata ren price income}{p_end}
{p 4 4 6}{stata gen id=_n}{p_end}
{p 4 4 6}{stata sort family id}{p_end}
{p 4 4 6}{stata keep family id income}{p_end}
{p 4 4 6}{stata anymatch income, id(id) met(family) max(0) near(10)}{p_end}
{p 4 4 6}{stata browse}{p_end}
{title:Remarks}
{p 4 12 6}{opt min:imum( )} and {opt max:imum( )} are inclusive, i.e. >= and <=.{p_end}
{p 4 12 6}Conflicts between options should be reported with detailed examples to the address below.{p_end}
{title:Author}
{p 4 4 6}Roy Wada{p_end}
{p 4 4 6}roywada@hotmail.com{p_end}