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st: Re: keep based on zip codes

From   Christopher F Baum <>
Subject   st: Re: keep based on zip codes
Date   Sun, 16 Jun 2002 10:35:29 -0400

On Sunday, June 16, 2002, at 02:33 AM, Ahmed wrote:

I ended up doing it in SAS, but Diana later gave me a stata suggestion which also works. It's the "for" command in Stata that does the same thing Frank suggests below.

I've come to the conclusion that it's worth learning *both* SAS and stata, especially if you work with large datasets.

Mushfiq 06/14/02 10:40PM >>>
You probably can do what you want by using -real- to generate the numeric
variable -newzip- from -zip-, reformat as integer, and then use the -egen-
- -eqany newzip, values(12345, 12456, 234,...), to create a 0-1 variable to be
used with -keep-.
The much better way to do this is to place the (sorted) zip codes (using the same variable type that appears in your existing file) in a separate Stata .dta file, say wantzip.dta; then all you have to do is

sort zip
merge zip using wantzip
keep if _merge==3

which will keep the records in the big file that have the zipcodes in the wantzip file. No need to have a command with 700 values in it!


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