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st: RE: re: ranking test scores


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: re: ranking test scores
Date   Mon, 21 Mar 2005 10:25:21 -0000

Incidentally, the terminology of "field" and "track" ranks was
-- to the best of my knowledge -- first used in a statistical or 
data management context in STB-51 by Richard Goldstein and 
myself in 1999. The analogy here is with field events in athletics 
in which the highest jump or throw wins and (other things being equal) 
three performances of 20 (e.g. a high jump of 20 m) would tie for 
bronze. Track ranks are those for which lowest (shortest time) wins 
but again ties are ranked equally. 

I find it difficult to believe that someone did not only want this _but 
also give it a name_ before 1999, so literature references are welcome. 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

Kit Baum

> . egen rank =rank(score) ,field
 
Raphael 

> I would like to create the variable rank based on the
> variable score as given below.  This has proved more
> difficult than previously thought. Can any one help?
> 
>           id       score       rank
>    1.        8        90          1
>    2.        7        40          2
>    3.        6        20          3
>    4.        5        20          3
>    5.        4        20          3
>    6.        3         8          6
>    7.        2         6          7
>    8.        1         6          7

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