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st: Sxpose : Process horizontal variables


From   "Richter, Ansgar" <Ansgar.Richter@ebs.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Sxpose : Process horizontal variables
Date   Tue, 15 Apr 2008 15:54:03 +0200

Hi,

I am currently working on the following problem and it would be great if
someone had an idea how to proceed.

I have two datasets (exemplary illustration):

Dataset  1:

                Description1    Firm1           Firm2           Firm3
                -----------------------------------------------
                        xyz     123              456             789
                        abc     321              654             987


Dataset 2:
                Firm            Employees       TotalAssets
                -----           ---------       -----------
                Firm1             123               123

First, I would like to "transpose" this dataset into a vertical order to
merge (later on) dataset1 with dataset2. However, as the dataset contains
string values as well as numerical values, neither the "xpose" nor the
"sxpose" command seems to be applicable.
(Xpose does exactly what I need, however I loose the string values, sxpose
(with force option) gives  a "type mismatch" error).
After applying "xpose", Dataset 1 looks a follows: (variable firm was newly
created)

Dataset 2_xpose:

Firm  v_1    v_2
----  -----  ---
Firm1  123   321
Firm2  456   654
Firm2  789   987

First Question: Do you have any suggestion how I can prevent that the
string-variable ("description") is lost?

Second question:
I would like to calculate the sum of v_1 and v_2 for each row, how can I
implement this?

Many thanks for your suggestions!

Cheers, 

Ansgar






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