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"Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss1@gmx.de> |

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<statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> |

Subject |
st: RE: destringing and replacing values for several variables |

Date |
Wed, 21 Apr 2010 21:40:58 +0200 |

<> The first loop should start - foreach var of varlist `varlistfoo'-, the second one passes "varname" to -replace-, but Stata needs to see `varname', so it can substitute the members of the -local- for it. You are, btw, replacing with strings, since you put the values in quotation marks, and I am not sure this is your intention. -encode- may me be much more useful here. HTH Martin -----Original Message----- From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Ann Miller Sent: Mittwoch, 21. April 2010 21:35 To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject: st: destringing and replacing values for several variables Dear Statalist, I am new to macros and the foreach looping and am trying to simplify my life. I have a list of 40 or so variables (ex: hf_stage1 through hf_stage40) that all have the same string coded values; "Stage 1" "Stage 2" "Stage 3" "Stage 4". I want to change these values to 1, 2, 3 and 4, with value labels of "Stage 1" "Stage 2" "Stage 3" and "Stage 4". What I have done in the past is: replace hf_stage1="1" if hf_stage1=="Stage 1" replace hf_stage1="2" if hf_stage1=="Stage 2", etc., destring hf_stage1,replace and for each value generate a label. I then have to repeat this for every variable (hf_stage2 through hf_stage40). It works, but is time consuming and I sometimes make mistakes. I feel sure there's a way to do this with macros and foreach but there's something I'm missing so far. Here's what I've tried: local varlistfoo "hf_stage1 hf_stage2 hf_stage3" . foreach var of `varlistfoo' { 2. replace var= "1" if var=="Stage 1" 3. replace var= "2" if var=="Stage 2" 4. replace var= "3" if var=="Stage 3" 5. } invalid syntax r(198); . foreach varname of varlist hf_stage1 hf_stage2 hf_stage3{ 2. replace varname= "1" if varname=="Stage 1" 3. replace varname= "2" if varname=="Stage 2" 4. } variable varname not found r(111); I can't even get the first step, let alone destringing and replacing! Any advice you all can offer would be greatly appreciated.Thank you! --Ann * * 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/ * * 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: destringing and replacing values for several variables***From:*"Ann Miller" <MILLERA@hsph.harvard.edu>

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