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


From   "Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss1@gmx.de>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: RE: Converting a continuous var into a binary var
Date   Tue, 7 Jul 2009 20:33:11 +0200

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There seem to be two "strands" in this thread, and it is not always clear to
me whether posters are referring to one of them - or both.

The first is chiding Pancho for being too brief in his initial post, which
admittedly is not a good thing, but still: Others have gotten away with it
before on this list. 

The second is a critique of his research methods, and I would say: "point
taken" on Pancho`s part...

HTH
Martin

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
[mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Nick Cox
Sent: Dienstag, 7. Juli 2009 18:52
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: RE: st: RE: Converting a continuous var into a binary var

I am happy that any Stata Journal columns of mine are useful, but that
really wasn't the point I was making. Dichotomising continuous variables
throws away information. Usually that's a bad, or at least a dubious,
idea. 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

Pancho Villa

On Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 9:35 AM, Nick Cox<n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> wrote:

> That aside, the mechanics of how to do this have been thoroughly
> ventilated, but its meaning has not been.

Yes, I'm reading the column on *for*, which seems like written with me
in mind.  I'm one of those who've postponed learning about macros,
etc.


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