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# Re: st: Assigning values from a list

 From marietherese.kelly@flinders.edu.au To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: Assigning values from a list Date Fri, 21 May 2010 20:12:16 +0930

```Thanks for your reply. You are right, I paraphrased the code and should have put

if virus==0
if virus==.

I should have been clearer about what var1-4 are: they contain DSM9.0 codes, so
can contain numbers 00.1 up to 999.99. I am trying to find diseases with the
codes 53.20, 54.42, 54.43, 76.00, 76.90 so I want to find which cases of var1-4
contain these codes and assign that to a new variable virus.

So I'm not sure what the random number generator is for?

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I doubt that code does what you want; in particular, the second
through fourth commands do nothing at all (the first command never
produces a missing value so the if condition is never satisfied).  You
also may run into precision problems; I recommend multiplying your
codes by 100 so they are all integers. Try these two methods to see
which you like better:

clear all
set seed 123
set obs 10000
forv i=1/4 {
g int var`i'=round(uniform()*3000+5000)
}
g byte  a=var1==5320|var1==5442|var1==5443|var1==7600|var1==7690
replace a=var2==5320|var2==5442|var2==5443|var2==7600|var2==7690 if a==0
replace a=var3==5320|var3==5442|var3==5443|var3==7600|var3==7690 if a==0
replace a=var4==5320|var4==5442|var4==5443|var4==7600|var4==7690 if a==0
g byte b=0
foreach c in 5320 5442 5443 7600 7690 {
replace b=1 if inlist(`c',var1,var2,var3,var4)
}
ta a b

On Thu, May 20, 2010 at 8:49 PM,  <marietherese.kelly@flinders.edu.au> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I was wondering if someone would help me with a basic programming questions.
>
> I have 4 variables that are basically DSM codes and I would like to search
> through those codes.
>
> I would like to define lists of diseases and then pick which cases have those
> diseases
>
>
> gen virus=(var1==53.20) |(var1==54.42) |(var1==54.43) | /*
> */ (var1==76.00) |(var1==76.90)
>
> replace virus=((var2==53.20) |(var2==54.42) |(var2==54.43) | /*
> */ (var2==76.00) |(var2==76.90)) if virus==.
>
> replace virus=((var3==53.20) |(var3==54.42) |(var3==54.43) | /*
> */ (var3==76.00) |(var3==76.90)) if virus==.
>
> replace virus=((var4==53.20) |(var4==54.42) |(var4==54.43) | /*
> */ (var4==76.00) |(var4==76.90)) if virus==.
>
>
> Repeat for several other categories of diseases - ends up with very long and
> confusing code.
>
>
> Is there a way of defining a list eg virus={53.20, 54.42, 54.43, 76.00,
76.90}
>
> and checking to see whether var1-4 have values in the list?
>
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