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st: RE: reordering observations


From   "Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss@uni-tuebingen.de>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: reordering observations
Date   Fri, 1 Aug 2008 16:00:32 +0200

Well, - which reorder- tells me there is no such command in Stata, but surely there is an -order- command. Your request is unusual because a -sort- is supposed to affect all vars at the same time so that the observations gathered in the rows of the dataset remain intact. Why do you not just -keep- this one var, -save- it under a different name, -sort- it and then -merge- it back with the old data? I imagine that might also be possible with a -tempfile-...

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-----Original Message-----
From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Cindy Gao
Sent: Friday, August 01, 2008 3:44 PM
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: st: reordering observations

Hello,

I need to reorder one of my variables (from lowest to highest) without changing the order of other variables in my dataset. Is there any simply way to do this?

Like, I have now:
var1    var2       var3 ...
3        7             9
2        10           3
7        8             5
..........

And I like to reorder var3 to get:
var1    var2       var3 ...
3        7             3
2        10           5
7        8             9
..........

Please, this is not the -reorder- command which is already there in Stata, it is something different.

Many thanks!
Cindy



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