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Re: st: cancel a selection and continue working with all the variables or category of a variable


From   Maarten buis <maartenbuis@yahoo.co.uk>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: cancel a selection and continue working with all the variables or category of a variable
Date   Wed, 3 Sep 2008 14:00:53 +0100 (BST)

--- carmen gamarra <carmengamarra@hotmail.com> wrote:
> I know how I would like to cancel a selection and continue working
> with all the variables or category of a variable?
> 
> Example:                     keep if  yearfile=="1996"
> 
> and then (cancel select)   cancel the selection and working with all
> the categories: 

-keep if expression- means you throw away everything for which
expression is false. Once you throw it away, it is gone forever (unless
you follow strategy 1 below).

There are two strategies you can follow:
1)
preserve
keep if yearfile == "1996"
reg y x /// regression on selection 
restore
reg y x /// regression on complete file

2)
gen byte touse96 = yearfile == "1996"
reg y x if touse96 /// regression on selection
reg y x            /// regression on complete file

see -help preserve- for more on strategy 1, and -help if- for more on
strategy 2. In most cases I would prefer strategy 2.

Hope this helps,
Maarten


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