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st: -cond()- function

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Subject   st: -cond()- function
Date   Wed, 31 Dec 2003 15:06:28 -0500

I have an integer variable that I would like to collapse into a dichotomous variable. Using the following statement:
      .gen cholcat = cond(chol,0,1,9)
produces the same output as:
     .gen cholcat = cond(chol,0,1)
The first statement continues to recode "missings" as 1, not 9.  In order to capture the missings appropriately, I have to follow each -cond()- statement with a -replace- command.
Am I using the -cond()- function appropriately?
paul visintainer


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