[R] Large number of dummy variables

From: Alan Spearot <acspearot_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2008 14:59:09 -0700


I'm trying to run a regression predicting trade flows between importers and exporters. I wish to include both year-importer dummies and year-exporter dummies. The former includes 1378 levels, and the latter includes 1390 levels. I have roughly 100,000 total observations.

When I'm using lm() to run a simple regression, it give me a "cannot allocate ___" error. I've been able to get around time-demeaning over one large group, but since I have two, it doesn't work in the correct way. Is there a more efficient way to handling a model matrix this large in R?

Thanks for your help.

Alan Spearot

Alan Spearot
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