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st: using encode to order string distances


From   Tim Evans <Tim.Evans@wmciu.nhs.uk>
To   "'statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu'" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: using encode to order string distances
Date   Mon, 24 Oct 2011 16:35:58 +0100

Hi all,

I have distances stored in strings like:

0-9
10-19
20-29
30-39


up to 
90-99
100+

I want to encode these to keep the current values as labels and replace the numbers behind them as 1-12.

When I encode and generate a new variable I end up with 100+ as the 3rd value rather than the 12th value.

How can I force encode to make sure 100+ is the 12th and not the 3rd value.


I'm using 

encode nearestcentre, generate(NRCENT)

Best wishes

Tim
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