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st: < and > operand in recode


From   "b. water" <barleywater@hotmail.com>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: < and > operand in recode
Date   Sun, 20 Aug 2006 12:54:25 +0000

hi all,

Stata 8.2,

i wanted to recode a variable, which consisted of continuous number, something to the effect of:

<=1 coded 1 (<= i.e. meaning less than or equal to)
>1 to <=2 coded 2
>2 to <= 5 coded 3
>5 to <=10 coded 4
>10 coded 5

when i tried to use the equality operands (i.e. < or > in my recode commands, it gives an error message 'unknown el <2 in rule') so after consulting my manual on [R] recode, i managed by recoding: 

0.0001/1 = 1
1.0001/2 = 2
.
.
10/1000 = 5
etc

being careful to make sure that the parameters included all the values.

i would appreciate if someone could confirm that equality sign cannot be used in recode. would appreciate it too if anyone can point out an alternative/better way to accomplish the recode.

many thanks,
bw

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