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Re: st: Gen & replace commands


From   Maarten buis <maartenbuis@yahoo.co.uk>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Gen & replace commands
Date   Fri, 26 Oct 2007 18:10:37 +0100 (BST)

--- Ziad El-Khatib <Ziad.El-Khatib@ki.se> wrote:
> Patient was using either "drug1" and "drug2".
> I am trying to create new category to put the value of adherence to
> the two drugs in one column (drugcat). Drug1 and drug2 have values of
> 1, 2, 3 or empty.
> 
> i tried
> 
> 
> gen drugcat=0
> replace drugcat=drug1 if drug1=1 | drug1=2 | drug1=3
> replace drugcat=drug2 if drug2=1 | drug2=2 | drug2=3
> 

In logical statements you need to use double equal signs when you mean
equal to: 
gen drugcat=0
replace drugcat=drug1 if drug1==1 | drug1==2 | drug1==3
replace drugcat=drug2 if drug2==1 | drug2==2 | drug2==3

An alternative is:
gen drugcat=0
replace drugcat=drug1 if inlist(drug1, 1, 2, 3)
replace drugcat=drug2 if inlist(drug1, 1, 2, 3)

Or:
gen drugcat = cond(inlist(drug1, 1, 2, 3), drug1, ///
              cond(inlist(drug2, 1, 2, 3), drug2, 0))

For more see: -help if- -help inlist- and -help cond-

Hope this helps,
Maarten


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