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st: string values in a gen command


From   "Robert Bozick" <rbozick@smtp.aed.org>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: string values in a gen command
Date   Tue, 05 Aug 2003 14:57:41 -0400

Hello -

I am having a simple problem.  I am trying to create a string variable based upon a number of conditions.

The gist of the code is this:

gen newvar = .
replace newvar = 1 if oldvar1 == 1 & oldvar2 == 1  

This produces 16 cases where newvar = 1, which is exactly correct.

However, I don't want newvar to = 1, I want it to be a string character z1.  If oldvar == 1 & oldvar2 == 1, I want newvar to take the string value of "z1" --- How do I go about doing this?  I know this is really simple, so thanks in advance!

Robert 


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