# Re: st: RE: Converting a continuous var into a binary var

 From Pancho Villa To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: RE: Converting a continuous var into a binary var Date Tue, 7 Jul 2009 07:46:32 -0400

```Thank you, Martin and Howard.  I guess the main thing I learned is how
to define and invoke local variables.  With no background in
programming, I'm still struggling with how to loop a procedure.  Good
thing copy and paste exist.

On Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 6:14 PM, Martin Weiss<martin.weiss1@gmx.de> wrote:
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> <>
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> So here is the code w/o line delimiters as I suspect they do cause problems
> for some list users. Beginners might also be disappointed when pasting these
> line delimiters interactively and getting error messages...
>
>
> *************
> clear*
> set obs 10000
>
> gen x=rnormal()
> centile x, ce(10)
> local p10x=`r(c_1)'
>
> gen z=rnormal()
> centile z, ce(10)
> local p10z=`r(c_1)'
>
> * get indicator y
> gen byte y=!(x<=`p10x' & z <= `p10z')
> replace y=2 if x>`p10x' & z < `p10z'
> replace y=3 if x>`p10x' & z > `p10z'
>
> * check
> su x z, det
> table y, c(min x max x min z max z freq) row
> *************
>
>
>
> HTH
> Martin
>
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> Gesendet: Montag, 6. Juli 2009 22:32
> An: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Betreff: Re: st: RE: Converting a continuous var into a binary var
>
> On Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 4:15 PM, Martin Weiss<martin.weiss1@gmx.de> wrote:
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>> <>
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>> Am I right that for y=2 the z value does not matter at all? That is what I
>> take away from your description of the problem...
>
> Oops, the last line was supposed to be:
>
> y = 3 if x > 10th percentile of x & z > 10th percentile of z
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