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st: creating a referent strata for a categorical variable


From   cthompson@dfpm.utah.edu
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: creating a referent strata for a categorical variable
Date   Mon, 21 Jul 2003 13:40:24 -0600

Greetings Statalisters - 
If I have a categorical variable where the values do not assume 
any sort of natural ordering (i.e. nominal) and I'd like to use 
that variable in a regression analysis (e.g. logistic) with one 
value of the variable serving as the referent - how best to 
achieve??  If I use the - xi: - command, I obtain a series of 
dichotomous variables useful in examining the effect that value 
has relative to all others within that variable, but not 
necessarily relative to my arbitrary referent group.  I 
recognize that I could create a series of dichotomous variables 
using the -gen- command, but it seems there may be an 
alternative way.  Any input is appreciated.
Thanks,
Clint Thompson
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