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# st: RE: Evaluating a set of conditions

 From "Nick Cox" To Subject st: RE: Evaluating a set of conditions Date Wed, 23 Jun 2010 12:43:36 +0100

```I think you need to be clear whether missing means true, false or
indeterminate as far as this is concerned.

Setting aside missings, as a, b, c, d, e are Booleans (1 = true, 0 =
false) then

gen disease_true = a & (b + c + d + e >= 2)

is one way to do it. If missings make the problem indeterminate then
tack on

... if !missing(a, b, c, d, e)

Nick
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk

Thomas Speidel

Following up on my previous post:
http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2010-06/msg00984.html
here is an example for something I am trying to achieve in a
nice/efficient/eleganty way.

I have a number of dummies: a, b, c, d, e (missing values do exist)
Disease=true if the following conditions are met:

1) a must be true AND
2) any two of b, c, d, e are true

As I said missing values are crucial, especially when evaluating the
second condition.

My current program works, but I don't think it is efficient and it
probably does things that are unnecessary:

*******************************************
egen anytwo = rowtotal(a b c d e), missing
egen missing = rowmiss(a b c d e)
replace anytwo = . if (anytwo==0 & missing>=2 & missing<.)
replace anytwo = . if (anytwo==1 & missing==1)
replace anytwo = . if (anytwo==1 & missing==3)
replace anytwo = . if (missing>=4)

gen disease = 1 if (a==1 & anytwo>=2 & anytwo<.)
replace disease = 0 if (a==1 & anytwo<2)
replace disease = 0 if a==0
replace disease =. if a==.
*******************************************

I tried to play around with cond, but I found it was making this much
more complicated then it is.  I know I am complicating my life more
than I need to which is why I am looking for alternative solutions.

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