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st: Using Percent of another variable to gen new var

 From Jonathan Grondin To statalist2 Subject st: Using Percent of another variable to gen new var Date Mon, 25 Jul 2011 13:30:30 +0000

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Hi there,

I have a questionnaire answered by two groups (group "a" and group "b") of which, every question can be answered by a value of 1 through 5. Every question is divided into 2 variables; e.g. "q5a" & q5b"

For every question, I wish to keep the frequencies of one group but hold as values the Percent (proportions) of the other group.
e.g. 12 students in group "a" have answered "1" to question five. In group "b", 22 students out of 186 have answered "1" to the same question. Thus, newvar_q5a would have a Freq. of "12" for a value of "11.83" (22/186).

Here is a tabulate of the two groups to explain better my need. Following, I have provided an example of a variable I would like to generate.

. tab  q5a

q5a |      Freq.     Percent        Cum.
------------+-----------------------------------
1 |         12       *         *
2 |         72       *         *
3 |         29       *         *
4 |         22       *         *
5 |         67       *         *

------------+-----------------------------------
Total |        202      100.00

. tab  q5b

q5b |      Freq.     Percent        Cum.
------------+-----------------------------------
1 |         22        *       *
3 |        109        *       *
4 |         37        *       *
5 |         18        *       *

------------+-----------------------------------
Total |        186       100.00

I would like to do something like this for all variables but hold numerical values (11.83 and not 22/186)

. tab  newvar_q5a

q5a |      Freq.     Percent        Cum.
------------+-----------------------------------
22/186 |         12        *       *
0 |         72        *       *
109/186 |         29        *       *
37/186 |         22        *       *
18/186 |         67        *       *

------------+-----------------------------------
Total |        202      100.00

Any suggestions ?

Thank you so much

Jonathan
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