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# start-end date to monthly average distinct count over ID variable

Hi all,

I have data that looks like this:

Status_start_date     Status_end_date     Status     ID

01JAN2001               17DEC2001          one          0001

18DEC2001               23JAN2002          two          0001

23JAN2002               15MAR2015          three        0001

01JAN2001               17MAY2005          three        0002

18MAY2005               23JAN2007          two          0002

23JAN2007               15MAR2015          one          0002

What I want to do is to create a distinct count of ID on monthly basis by status (therefore this should be an average count, since the status isn't always for a complete month..)

Output should look like (let's say I have 1000 ID's):

Monthly_date     Status     Average_count

01JAN2001        One               300.3

01JAN2001        Two               478.7

01JAN2001        Three              221,0

01FEB2001        One

...

01MAR2015       Three

Can somebody help?

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## Re: start-end date to monthly average distinct count over ID variable

What do you mean by average count?

Isn't that more of a weighed count?

Would 1 mean the same status for on ID a whole month?

If it's tricky to explain, provide sample data that match (have - want).

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## Re: start-end date to monthly average distinct count over ID variable

Weighted count is more correct indeed.

WHAT I HAVE

What I did before was generating for every date range (status_start_date to status_end_date) all the in between lying months.

For the first line (of my example above) it results in

Status_start_date     Status_end_date     Status     ID         Month

01JAN2001               17DEC2001          one          0001     01JAN2001

01JAN2001               17DEC2001          one          0001     01FEB2001

..

01JAN2001               17DEC2001          one          0001     01DEC2001

Based on this table, I did a distinct count on ID by month and status.

WHAT I WANT

the previous isn't sufficient, because DEC2001 is counted as a complete month for status=one and ID=0001, while that status was only active for the first 17 days of DEC2001. I want to account for that problem..

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