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

To |
<statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> |

Subject |
AW: st: AW: float to numeric?? |

Date |
Mon, 21 Jun 2010 15:12:54 +0200 |

<> " Please do tell, why?? this chip elig rate simply is an eligibility rate at the state level-- can be between 10% and 400% of the FPL hence-- .1 to 4 varying values. I do not neet a complicated definition. or 9 decimals etc." You are thinking in terms of percentages, as in some spreadsheets, Stata is not. To Stata, "0.1" is _not_ 10%. If you want Stata to turn this into integers, create a variable "chipeligrate_as_percent", multiplying your "chipeligrate" by 100. It is your responsibility that in future, this convention will be remembered when you or others use the data. HTH Martin -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht----- Von: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] Im Auftrag von Özlen D. Luznar Gesendet: Montag, 21. Juni 2010 15:06 An: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Betreff: Re: st: AW: float to numeric?? Hi Martin, I am really confused. I have been a stata user for some time but clearly I am not as strong as many of you. Please do tell, why?? this chip elig rate simply is an eligibility rate at the state level-- can be between 10% and 400% of the FPL hence-- .1 to 4 varying values. I do not neet a complicated definition. or 9 decimals etc. Please help me what I can do to make this variable more user friendly. All I need is 2 decimals. As I think some states have eligibility of 185 % or 17% etc. I also do not understand why float function as some recommended below does not work. Without the float. the calculation: replace eligstatus = 1 if chipeligrate ==1.92 & (povcat == 1 | povcat == 2) replace eligstatus = 2 if chipeligrate ==1.92 & (povcat == 3) replace eligstatus = 3 if chipeligrate ==1.92 & (povcat == 4) will work for instance for values where povcat == 3 or povcat == 4 but will NOT work for obs. where povcat == 1 | 2?? returning missing values for those obs. for the eligstatus variable. I have no explanation for that. If the value is stored as float, shouldn't the calculation NOT work for all values?? I am still confused. I aprpeciate all your help with this. Thank you. > > <> > > > BTW, Özlen, the major distinction in Stata is between "numeric" and > "string" > variables. Within "numeric", you have data types such as integer or float. > The "range" returned by -codebook- for your "chipeligrate" variable > indicates that one of its values, the minimum, is "0.1", which cannot be > held as integer: > > *** > clear* > inp myvar > 0.1 > end > d > recast int myvar > *** > > If you -force- it via - recast int myvar, force-, the former "0.1" will > become "0". Probably not what you want... > > > HTH > Martin > > > -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht----- > Von: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu > [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] Im Auftrag von Özlen D. > Luznar > Gesendet: Montag, 21. Juni 2010 04:43 > An: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu > Betreff: st: float to numeric?? > > Hi everyone, > > > I have a variable stored as float chip eligibility rate variable. very > straightforward - varies between .1 and 4. But it is stored as float and > gives me major toruble when I am using the values to generate new > variables etc. I would like to store it as numeric so that stata can > recognize the values of this variable. Does anyone have experience with > this?? > . codebook chipeligrate > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- > -- > chipeligrate chip eligibility rate by year and age and > state > ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- > -- > > type: numeric (float) > > range: [.1,4] units: .01 > unique values: 40 missing .: 0/6585 > > mean: 1.92923 > std. dev: .720279 > > percentiles: 10% 25% 50% 75% 90% > 1 1.5 2 2 3 > > I need to chnage this variable and store is as int but I can not figure > out how. So far I tried compress but it seemed to work but when I > described the variable, still float. > > Thanks so much for your help in advance. > > -- > Özlen D. Luznar > PhD Candidate - Public Policy > Graduate Research Assistant > University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) > 1000 Hilltop Circle > Baltimore, MD 21250 > 410-455-6527 office > 443-846-5010 cell > > * > * 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/ > > -- Özlen D. Luznar PhD Candidate - Public Policy Graduate Research Assistant University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) 1000 Hilltop Circle Baltimore, MD 21250 410-455-6527 office 443-846-5010 cell * * 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/

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: AW: st: AW: float to numeric??***From:*"Özlen D. Luznar" <ozlend1@umbc.edu>

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**st: AW: float to numeric??***From:*"Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss1@gmx.de>

**Re: st: AW: float to numeric??***From:*"Özlen D. Luznar" <ozlend1@umbc.edu>

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