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st: RE: RE: best way to manage data with recoding


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: RE: best way to manage data with recoding
Date   Sun, 4 Sep 2005 17:32:41 +0100

In addition to these strategic comments,
and the -recode- command, note also 
the -vreverse- program on SSC. 

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

Copeland, Laurel A
 
> I strongly recommend 4+: enter the scores as written, save a 
> copy of the
> original dataset somewhere such as a zip file clearly identified as
> containing the original data, use Stata to recode the reverse-scored
> items INTO NEW VARS, retaining the originals as well and saving the
> setup used to carry out the recoding.  Save the new dataset 
> and analyze
> that.  Save copies of both the original and the augmented datasets and
> the setup on separate media (e.g., another computer, a remote 
> webspace,
> a flashdrive).  Two reasons for this sort of compulsiveness: 
> (1) people
> make mistakes; we all have lost important data at one time or another
> due to a moment's error; backup copies are essential so you can easily
> recreate your analytic dataset if needed; and (2) computers / 
> diskettes
> / flashdrives / CDs fail, and it's not "if it fails" it's "when it
> fails" that you need a good recovery plan.
> 

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