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Pancho Villa <panchovillainnyc@gmail.com> |

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Subject |
Re: st: RE: Converting a continuous var into a binary var |

Date |
Tue, 7 Jul 2009 21:37:48 -0400 |

On Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 12:52 PM, Nick Cox<n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> wrote: > 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. That makes sense. But often times we just want a few "representative" statistics from a rv, rather than the full, detailed description of its distribution. Etc. If we could use all the information about the world we receive through our senses without throwing most of it away by processing it, I guess we would. On another thing, Neil makes a good point about how we should present our questions. I don't want to seem ingrate. I appreciate the time you all take to read the questions from us beginners and try to answer them. PV * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**References**:**st: Converting a continuous var into a binary var***From:*Pancho Villa <panchovillainnyc@gmail.com>

**st: RE: Converting a continuous var into a binary var***From:*"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>

**Re: st: RE: Converting a continuous var into a binary var***From:*Pancho Villa <panchovillainnyc@gmail.com>

**RE: st: RE: Converting a continuous var into a binary var***From:*"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>

**Re: st: RE: Converting a continuous var into a binary var***From:*Pancho Villa <panchovillainnyc@gmail.com>

**RE: st: RE: Converting a continuous var into a binary var***From:*"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>

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