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# Re: st: Computation across observations

 From Maarten Buis To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: Computation across observations Date Mon, 7 Nov 2011 09:12:20 +0100

```On Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 5:29 AM, Dudekula, Anwar wrote:
> How do I create a variable(Eg: newvar) whose value would be 1 if any value in a row would be equal to a particular value( eg 701.8 etc) or a set of values( eg 701.8 456.5 22.35 etc) .
>
> As the values are not integers the "egen command"  would not work here !!

This has nothing to do with -egen-, the problem is precision. I assume
your variables are stored as floates (see: -help data_types-), in that
case you need to surround your number with -float()- in order to do
such checks:

*------------------ begin example ------------------
drop _all
input ///
var1    var2    var3    var4
560.9   596.1   568     305.1
355.8   441.4   496     530.81
530.81  .       .       .
568     530.81  .       414
701.9   565.1   .       .
714     530.81  493.9   729.1
564     305.1   789.04  .
537     786.59  403.9   585.9
566     569.2   995.92  565.1
end

gen byte newvar1 = 0
foreach var of varlist var* {
replace newvar1 = newvar1 + (`var' == float(701.9))
}
replace newvar1 = newvar1 > 0

gen byte newvar2 = 0
foreach var of varlist var* {
replace newvar2 = newvar2 + (inlist(`var',        ///
float(701.9), ///
float(569.2), ///
float(22.35)) ///
)
}
replace newvar2 = newvar2 > 0
*---------------- end example -------------------
(For more on examples I sent to the Statalist see:
http://www.maartenbuis.nl/example_faq )

Hope this helps,
Maarten

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