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Re: st: RE: RE: creating individuals ID numbers


From   <delibera@illinois.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: RE: RE: creating individuals ID numbers
Date   Wed, 29 Sep 2010 09:42:27 -0500 (CDT)

Great Tony, Thanks

---- Original message ----
>Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2010 14:33:31 -0700
>From: "Lachenbruch, Peter" <Peter.Lachenbruch@oregonstate.edu>  
>Subject: st: RE: RE: creating individuals ID numbers  
>To: "'statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu'" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
>
>I would also suggest that Stata's random number generator be used to generate 
these ID's and then to save only the random IDs and the original ones in an encrypted 
file, kept separately from the Stata file.  In that way, you can access the data if you 
ever must make corrections.
>
>
>
>Tony
>
>Peter A. Lachenbruch
>Department of Public Health
>Oregon State University
>Corvallis, OR 97330
>Phone: 541-737-3832
>FAX: 541-737-4001
>
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-
statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Nick Cox
>Sent: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 12:21 PM
>To: 'statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu'
>Subject: st: RE: creating individuals ID numbers
>
>This is an FAQ. Start with 
>
>FAQ     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Creating group identifiers
>        . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N. J. Cox and W. Gould
>        3/01    How do I create individual identifiers numbered
>                from 1 upwards?
>                http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/data/group.html
>
>and feel free to return with unanswered specific questions. The advice in that FAQ 
can certainly be combined with prior random shuffling. On this post alone, I would 
advise that rather than a deterministic rule. 
>
>Nick 
>n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 
>
>delibera@illinois.edu
>
>I have a new database where I have confidential information about individuals, 
including 
>their names, address and ID numbers that can not become public.
>
>I need to create new ID numbers so that the database can become public. I thought 
>about doing in some different ways, like to create a new rule for a number based on 
the 
>old ID number, or to create random numbers.
>
>But I would like to ask your opinion about the best way to do it.
>
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