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Re: st: recode stata like?
At 12:29 PM 11/9/2005, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I'm not sure what you mean. -recode- is an explicit command, as is
-replace-. I suppose you could change -recode- to include a
-replace- option. But at some point you just have to trust users to
know what they are doing. If anything, I feel like Stata protects me
a little too much sometimes, e.g. if I ruled the world there might
just be a -gen- command, not -gen- and -replace-.
I don't think it's Stata-like to replace an existing value without
an explicit command. "recode" does that by default see:
. sysuse auto
(1978 Automobile Data)
. recode weight (1/1999 = 1) (1999/.=2)
(weight: 74 changes made)
I don't think this is a good idea, because it is often used by stata
novices. I would suggest to change that.
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