# Re: st: Recode non-integers to positive integers

 From Mike Wazowski To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: Recode non-integers to positive integers Date Fri, 21 Aug 2009 23:02:35 -0700 (PDT)

```here's a step-by-step code you could modify, assume x is your original variable....

clear
set obs 500
set seed 123
gen x = round(10*runiform()+10,.5)
gen x2 = -x
sort x2
by x2: gen rank=1 if _n==_N
drop x2
sort x
replace rank = sum(rank)

mike

--- On Sat, 8/22/09, Frank Gallo <fjgallo@mac.com> wrote:

> From: Frank Gallo <fjgallo@mac.com>
> Subject: Re: st: Recode non-integers to positive integers
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Date: Saturday, August 22, 2009, 2:33 AM
> Hi Jon,
>
> Thank you very much for your input.. However, the syntax
> generates new variable values greater than 28. The 28 unique
> values occur many times. What I would like to accomplish,
> for example, is that each time the value 2.87 occurs the new
> variable value would be 1, and so on for the other unique
> values. I apologize if I was not clear in my previous post.
> Thank you.
>
> Best,
> Frank
>
>
> On Aug 21, 2009, at 9:25 PM, John Ataguba wrote:
>
> Hi Frank,
>
> There are many possible options.
>
> Try
>
> egen newvar=rank(oldvar), unique
>
> This should work.  Note that the oldvar is the
> variable containing 2.87 to 6.04.  The newvar is a new
> variable you may specify differently to the oldvar.
>
> I hope this helps.
>
> Regards
>
> Jon
> ________________________________
> From: Frank Gallo <fjgallo@mac.com>
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Sent: Friday, 21 August, 2009 18:15:45
> Subject: st: Recode non-integers to positive integers
>
> Hi All,
>
> I have a variable that has 28 unique non-integer values,
> which range from 2.87 to 6.04. I would like to recode the
> values to positive integers from 1 to 28 respectively. Is
> there a simpler way instead of "recode old var
> (2.87=1)....(6.04=28), generate(new var)" to accomplish
> this? Thank you.
>
> Best,
> Frank
>
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