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st: RE: Re: creating composite measures


From   "Nick Winter" <nwinter@policystudies.com>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: Re: creating composite measures
Date   Thu, 22 Aug 2002 16:20:47 -0400

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Seth D. Hannah <hannah@fas.harvard.edu>
> To: <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
> Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2002 11:54 AM
> Subject: st: creating composite measures
> 
> 
> > Can someone help me with creating a composite measure of 
> prejudice from
> > four individual variables in my data set which measure prejudice.
> > the variables are:
> >
> > deasyblk:      perception of blacks as easy to get along with
> > dwelfblk:       perception of blacks as likely to be on welfare
> > dintlblk:         perception of blacks as intelligent
> > drichblk:        perception of blacks as rich or poor
> >
> > the variables are distributed as follows:
> > [...]

I would consider averaging the variables, after reversing the coding for
the ones that are coded with opposite "sense".  (e.g., so that higher
scores on each indicates more tolerant attitudes)

Look at egen rmean(...)

Nick WInter
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