# st: Re: multiple )))brackets, is there a more efficient way?

 From "Michael Blasnik" To Subject st: Re: multiple )))brackets, is there a more efficient way? Date Tue, 25 May 2004 09:45:52 -0400

```The suggestion to use inlist may be a step in the right direction, but if
you have a coding for every county in the world  or any list with more than
a few dozen codings, I would think that you should create a dataset with the
codings (often this coding information is available in a way that makes the
dataset creation fairly straightforward) and then use -merge- to bring them
in.

sort nation
merge nation using nationcodes

You can always list the nationcode file to document what the mapping is.

Michael Blasnik
michael.blasnik@verizon.net

----- Original Message -----
From: "Annelies Vos" <a.vos@erasmusmc.nl>
To: <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2004 2:35 AM
Subject: st: multiple )))brackets, is there a more efficient way?

> Dear all,
> in the FAQs I found the following very useful recommendation:
>            . generate byte a = 1 if y <= 20
>            . replace a = 2 if y > 20 &  y <= 30
>            . replace a = 3 if y > 30 & y <= 40
>            . replace a = 4 if y > 40 & y <.
>
> do the following:
>
>            . #delim ;
>            . generate byte a =
>              cond(y<=20, 1,
>              cond(y<=30, 2,
>              cond(y<=40, 3,
>              cond(y<., 4,
>                . ))));
>
> However, the variable I want to use it for (nationality) has many
> values (every country in the world), which should be recoded into
> countrygroups. I don't really like the idea of having to count the
> number of "opening brackets": "(" , to know with how many "closing
> brackets": ")" I should end. Is there any easier solution for this?
>
> to explain a piece of my syntax:
>
> > #delim;
> > generate byte origin =
> > cond(natio==3, 7,
> > cond(natio==8, 10,
> > cond(natio==12, 10,
> > cond(natio==14, 8,
> > cond(natio==28, -9,
> > cond(natio==54, 6,
> > cond(natio==69, 10,
> > cond(natio==82, 8,
> > cond(natio==139, 10,
> > cond(natio==141, 10,
> ...etcetera
> ...which I would like to end on another way than:
> > . ))))))))))
>
> Thanks for any suggestions,
>
> Annelies Vos

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