# Re: st: RE: re: return a specific bit from integer variable

 From Austin Nichols To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: RE: re: return a specific bit from integer variable Date Mon, 5 Oct 2009 10:57:00 -0400

```Steinar Fossedal
could also try:

clear
range x 0 255 256
g t=x
loc i=1
count if t>0
loc z=r(N)
qui while `z'>0 {
g bit`i'=mod(t,2^`i')==2^`=`i'-1'
replace t=t-bit`i'*2^`=`i'-1'
count if t>0
loc z=r(N)
loc i=`i'+1
}
egen s=concat(bit*)
g r=reverse(string(s))
list

On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 7:47 AM, Nick Cox <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> wrote:
>
> 1. official command -inbase-.
>
> 2. -egen- function -base()- in -egenmore- from SSC. The help gives an
> example that seems parallel to Steinar's problem.
>
> Note that -split- (as suggested by Martin Weiss) is no help here.
> -split- is for strings subdivided by parsing or punctuation characters.
>
> Nick
> n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk
>
> Kit Baum
>
> Given an integer between 0-255 and the desired bit to be retrieved
> (counting from the left or high-order bit), this routine will give you
> the binary form of the integer and the bit as locals:
>
> mata: mata clear
> mata:
> void bit(real scalar v, real scalar w)
> {
>        string vector d, b
>        d=("0000","0001","0010","0011","0100","0101","0110","0111", //
>           "1000","1001","1010","1011","1100","1101","1110","1111")
>        for(i=1;i<=cols(d);i++) {
>                dd = d[i] :+ d
>                b = b, dd
>        }
>        if( v>0 & v <= 255 & w > 0 & w <= 8) {
>                st_local("v" , b[v+1] )
>                st_local("w", substr(b[v+1], w, 1))
>        }
> }
> end
>
> . mata: bit(128,1)
>
> . di "`v' `w'"
> 10000000 1
>
> . mata: bit(128,3)
>
> . di "`v' `w'"
> 10000000 0
>
> Steinar Fossedal
> ================
>
> I have imported an 8-bit integer variable where each bit represents a
> flag telling me if some property of the observation is true or false.
>
> E.g. the number 8 in binary format is 00001000, while 10 would be
> 00001010. Bit nr. 4 from the left tells me if a car is delivered or not,
> while the second to the right tells me if it's paid or not. So 8 = car
> is delivered but not paid, 2 = paid but not delivered, 10 = paid and
> delivered, etc.
>
> I need to split this information into 8 dummyvariables so they can be
> used to segment my data.
>
> Does there exist a fairly smooth way to do this in Stata?

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