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From   Edwin Leuven <e.leuven@uva.nl>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Re: your mail
Date   Wed, 11 Feb 2004 14:18:51 +0100 (CET)

On Wed, 11 Feb 2004, Simon Moore wrote:
> I have data in a variable coded something along the lines of 1(very
> happy), 2(happy), 3(not so happy) and 4(miserable).  All I want to do
> is switch this around so that 1 becomes 4, 2 becomes 3 and so on.  I
> realise that I could use recode but was wondering if there is a
> remarkably simple solution that I cannot find.

i guess the most simple way is to let someone else do it for you

if this is not an option you could also do *in your particular case*

replace var = 5 - var

yet, this isn't a big gain compared to

recode var (1=4) (2=3) (3=2) (4=1)

where the recode has the advantage of being more transparent

so my advice: stick to recode
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