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Re: st: the xi: command --- an uglier hack
On Fri, 05 Jul 2002 10:44:50 -0400 (EDT), Michael Ash
> > I am using the xi: command to construct dummy variables
> > from categorical variables. My problem is that I would
> > like the xi-command to not remove one of the dummies...
> > I just want to add that I've run into this problem too,
> > and I too consider it a (rare) limitation. More than
> > once I've wanted to run a regression with explicit
> > dummies for each category in combination with the
> > -nocons- option, and without an ugly hack not worth
> > repeating here (Uli's suggestion is *much* nicer) it
> > isn't possible with -xi-'s dummies.
> I agree that the "tab, gen()" solution is much nicer, but
> here is the "ugly" hack. The following command "xa" works
> exactly like "xi" except it does not omit any category. I
> believe that it does not interfere with the normal operation
> of xi. Comments welcome.
> -Michael Ash
> ------xa.ado-----CUT BELOW THIS LINE-------
> *! version 1.1.0 10/19/94
> program define xa
> version 4.0
Actually, the ugly hack I had in mind was uglier but shorter.
Say the categorical variable is called -industry-, which in the
dataset takes either positive integer values or is missing.
I would create an additional observation in the data that has a
missing value for every variable except -industry-. The variable
-industry- takes the value 0 for this observation alone.
I would then use the command
char industry[omit] 0
so that this observation is the benchmark for the dummies created by
I never found any need to drop this phantom observation, though of
course this could be done after the -xi- command creates the dummies.
Well, I *did* say it was an ugly hack. It works, though.
Prof. Mark Schaffer
Department of Economics, School of Management
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS
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