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Re: st: creating a newvar with sequential values from a bunch of string variables


From   Richard Williams <Richard.A.Williams.5@ND.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: creating a newvar with sequential values from a bunch of string variables
Date   Sat, 25 Jun 2005 13:12:50 -0500

At 01:35 PM 6/25/2005 -0400, Suzy wrote:
replace newvar=1 if var1 =="71600/71699" | var2=="71600/71699" | var3=="71600/71699" | var4=="71600/71699"
(0 changes made)

But no changes occurred, which is impossible.
I'm not sure if this would work but it seems like you need to rework your quote marks, e.g.

replace newvar=1 if var1 =="71600"/"71699" etc.

Even so, I'm not clear on how your 2 pieces of code are supposed to be equivalent, i.e. the first snippet sets newvar to 44 and the 2nd snippet sets it to 1.

Also I wonder if your life would be easier if you used the -destring- command to create numeric versions of these string variables; see the help for destring.

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