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st: RE: finding a value from a distribution based on percentile


From   "Maarten Buis" <M.Buis@fsw.vu.nl>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: finding a value from a distribution based on percentile
Date   Mon, 19 Mar 2007 10:37:41 +0100

--- Shuaizhang Feng wrote:
> Is there an easy way to find a value corresponding to
> any given percentile in stata?
>
> suppose y is the variable that I am interested, how do
> i find the 45th percentile of the distribution of y?

This example below shows that 45th percentile of weight 
is 2830 lbs.
*-------- begin example ---------
sysuse auto, clear
centile weight, centile(45)
*-------- end example -----------
(For more on how to use examples I sent to the Statalist, see 
http://home.fsw.vu.nl/m.buis/stata/exampleFAQ.html )

Hope this helps,
Maarten

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The Netherlands

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http://home.fsw.vu.nl/m.buis/
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