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RE: st: recoding strings variables to numerical


From   "Svend Juul" <SJ@SOCI.AU.DK>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: recoding strings variables to numerical
Date   Mon, 20 Jun 2005 09:18:17 +0200

bw wants to recode the strings  'high', 'low', 'medium', 
'vhigh', etc to numerical values e.g. high = 1, low=2.

I guess a better choice for these four categories would be:
1 low; 2 medium; 3 high; 4 vhigh

To get that, use encode withe the label option:

. label define aaalabel 1 "low" 2 "medium" 3 "high" 4 "vhigh"
. encode aaastr , generate(aaa) label(aaalabel)

Hope this helps
Svend
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Svend Juul
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