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st: A problem with egen??

From   heisnam singh <>
Subject   st: A problem with egen??
Date   Tue, 3 May 2005 16:05:20 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Statalist users,
 I am having a problem in using the egen command.My
dataset has many countries. I want to generate a
variable which takes value= 5th (or  any) percentile
value of another variable for each country.  I  tried
this :

sort country   
by country:egen X_5pct=pct(X), p(5)

I am getting the same value for all the countries,
which  is the 5th percentile value of the entire
sample. Whereas I want the 5th percentile value for
each country separately.

However if I do without specifying the option p(5)

sort country   
by country:egen X_5pct=pct(X)

Then I get the median (50th percentile value) for each
country separately. But whenever I tried with the
option p(5), I get the value for the entire sample.

Please help me out. 


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