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Re: st: counting variables within a row

From   Sarah Elizabeth Edgington <>
Subject   Re: st: counting variables within a row
Date   Tue, 08 Jun 2010 17:20:31 -0700

You could use a foreach loop to assess your criteria for each variable and then add 1 to a count variable if it's true. To save myself some typing I'm going to assume a simpler case where you only have five variables but you can extend it beyond that to the full eighteen (note that if you were using variable names with a numeric suffix like met_a1 you could use a forvalues loop).
To get your first count it might look something like this:

gen lightcount_d1=0
foreach num in one two three four five {
        replace lightcount_d1=lightcount_d1+1 if met_a`num'>0 & met_a`num'<3

There may be other ways to do this but this is the first that occurs to me.


At 04:15 PM 6/8/2010, you wrote:
Hi folks,

I have a dataset with 18 variables called met_aone-met_aeighteen.
Within each observation, I'm trying to count the number of these
variables with values which satisfy three criteria.  I thought I could
handle this with -egen- and the lines of code I originally wrote are:

egen lightcount_d1= rownonmiss ( met_aone-met_aeighteen) if (
met_aone-met_aeighteen)> 0 & ( met_aone-met_aeighteen)< 3
egen modcount_d1= rownonmiss (met_aone-met_aeighteen) if
(met_aone-met_aeighteen)>= 3.0000 & (met_aone-met_aeighteen)< 6
egen hardcount_d1= rownonmiss (met_aone-met_aeighteen) if
(met_aone-met_aeighteen)>= 6.0000 & (met_aone-met_aeighteen)< .

The problem as I quickly realized is that it is only counting
variables when every single value in the row satisfies the if
requirement.  What I can't figure out is how to assess each variable
individually for meeting the criteria, but ultimately producing a new
variable with the total within the observation which meets my

Any thoughts on how to handle this?

Thanks in advance.

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