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st: tabulate with gen


From   Hebe.B.Quinton@Dartmouth.EDU (Hebe B. Quinton)
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: tabulate with gen
Date   07 Aug 2006 11:30:33 EDT

Hello -

I use

 tab foo, gen(foo_)

all the time to create dummy variables based on the values of foo - I get
foo_1, foo_2, etc.

Does any one have a technique (I won't call it a trick) for having the
extension be the actual value of foo?  For example, I have health care center
numbers that are NOT continuously numbered from 1 to 100, so the dummy and the
root value quickly get out of synch:

center
1
2
5
6
7
8

tab center, gen(center_)

creates center_3 that corresponds to center==5, center_4 corresponds to
center==6, etc

Seems like a recipe for disaster when generating reports....!

I can generate a do file to rename them, but I though someone else might have
solved this problem.

Thank you,

Hebe Quinton 
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Clinical Research/Department of Medicine
506 Rubin
One Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH  03756

(603) 653-3536
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