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st: recode non-numerical values


From   Jet <lsj555@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: recode non-numerical values
Date   Mon, 2 May 2011 22:16:59 -0400

Hi, everyone,

      I have a question regarding matching of nonnumerical values.
Suppose the original data looks like this:

   ID     Drug ID
    1      d06662
    2      d06665
    3      d04878
    4      d05048

    Now  suppose d06662 is a drug for hypertension, which I want to
code into "1", and all else into "0". I tried to destring the
variable, but it does not allow me doing so since it contains
characters. Any suggestion to handle this situation?

       thanks
        Jeff
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