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Re: st:how to connect a variable's value with another variable's name


From   Mandy fu <mandy.fu1@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st:how to connect a variable's value with another variable's name
Date   Thu, 26 Mar 2009 00:30:34 -0500

Thanks, Mr Weiss and Wade!  I appreciate your help.

Mandy

On 3/25/09, Martin Weiss <martin.weiss1@gmx.de> wrote:
> <>
>
> Tim`s solution is more elegant than mine, and more readily extends to a case
> where Mandy faces more than the four locations in her example dataset (which
> I suspect is the case).
>
>
> HTH
> Martin
> _______________________
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Tim Wade" <wadetj@gmail.com>
> To: <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
> Sent: Thursday, March 26, 2009 2:25 AM
> Subject: Re: st:how to connect a variable's value with another variable's
> name
>
>
> > Mandy, how about:
> >
> > gen str4 main_location=""
> >
> > forvalues i=1/4 {
> > replace main_location=location`i' if main_firm==`i'
> > }
> >
> > Tim
> >
> >
> > On Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 4:04 PM, Mandy fu <mandy.fu1@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > Hi all,
> > >
> > > I'm not sure how to connect a variable's value with another variable's
> name.
> > > My data set is about characteristics of all the firms for which
> > > respondents work in a year. Variable "main_firm" (whose value is
> > > 1,2,3,4) provides the number of the firm where the worker works for
> > > the longest time in that year. the variables location1-4 give the
> > > location of each firm the respondent works according to the time
> > > sequence from the earliest to the most recent. It looks like follows:
> > >
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> > > workerID main_firm location1 location2 location3 location4
> > > 1 2 MA NY NJ
> > > MA
> > > 2 1 NY MI NJ
> > > ----
> > > 3 3 FL NY MA ----
> > > 4 1 NH -----
> > > ---- ----
> > >
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> > > For example, for the first respondent, he totally works for 4 firms in
> > > that year and firm 2 is the one he works the longest time.
> > > I want to generate a new variable "main_location" to indicate the
> > > location of the main firm , like this:
> > >
> -----------------------------------------------------------
> > > workerID main_location
> > > 1 NY
> > > 2 NY
> > > 3 MA
> > > 4 NH
> > >
> -----------------------------------------------------------
> > > That is, new variable"main_location" equals variable "location`i' " ,
> > > where `i' is the value of variable "main_firm". I 'm not sure how to
> > > code this. Any comments will be helpful.
> > > Thanks!
> > >
> > > Mandy
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