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Nick Cox <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> |

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"'statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu'" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> |

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RE: st: "Label define" syntax for "all other values" |

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Fri, 24 Sep 2010 11:52:38 +0100 |

The straight answer is that -label define- does not offer the syntax imagined. In addition to Eric's strategy, another is clonevar rr_job2 = rr_job replace rr_job2 = 5 if !inlist(rr_job, 1, 2, 3, 4) label def rr_job2 1 "Driver" 2 "Conductor" 3 "Brakeman" 4 "Fireman" 5 "Stata user" label val rr_job2 rr_job2 -recode- is here naturally an alternative to -replace-. Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk Dan Waldo Thanks, Eric ... Your advice has put me on the right track (sorry about the pun). I see that rearranging the code one can accommodate values of interest that appear less neatly among the possible values: ******** levelsof rr_job , local(lev) foreach x in `lev' { lab def rr_jobf `x' "All Other Jobs", modify } lab def rr_jobf 1 "Driver" 5 "Conductor" 6 "Brakeman" 12 "Fireman", modify lab li lab val rr_job rr_jobf ******** I had thought that perhaps there was a compact way to do this, akin to the SAS FORMAT procedure syntax: value rr_jobf 1="Driver" 5="Conductor" 6="Brakeman" 12="Fireman" other="All other jobs"; ... but such is life. --- On Fri, 9/24/10, Eric Booth <ebooth@ppri.tamu.edu> wrote: > lab def rr_jobf 1 "Driver" 2 "Conductor" 3 "Brakeman" 4 > "Fireman", modify > > levelsof rr_job if rr_job>4, local(lev) > foreach x in `lev' { > lab def > rr_jobf `x' "All Other Jobs", modify > } > > lab li > lab val rr_job rr_jobf Dan Waldo > > Suppose that variable rr_job takes the values > 1,2,3,...,999. Can I construct a format for this variable > that specifies some values and lumps the rest into a > catchall category? That is, can I write > > > > label define rr_jobf 1 "Driver" 2 "Conductor" 3 > "Brakeman" 4 "Fireman" <other> "All other jobs" > > > > where <other> represents the syntax I don't know > but means any value not elsewhere specified. * * 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/

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