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Re: st: sum up many variables with missing values across columns

From   Austin Nichols <>
Subject   Re: st: sum up many variables with missing values across columns
Date   Tue, 20 Sep 2011 10:09:50 -0400

Daifeng He <>:
You can use a loop for a varlist:

g s=0
foreach v of var vary-varzz {
 qui replace s=s+`v'


egen s=rowtotal(vary-varzz)
egen c=rownonmiss(vary-varzz)
replace s=. if c<100

On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 1:59 PM, Daifeng He <> wrote:
> Hi there,
> I am trying to sum up say 100 variables across columns, but many of
> the 100 variables have missing values. And I want the sum to be
> missing if any of the 100 variables is missing.   -rowtotal- does not
> work because it treats missing values as 0; even with the option -,
> missing-, it generates a missing value only when all the 100 variables
> are missing.
> Does anybody know how to do this efficiently instead of typing varx+
> vary+ var z+... varxx+varyy+varzz?  My variables do not have a common
> stub in the variable names so I cannot use a loop.
> Thanks for the help.
> Daifeng

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