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Re: st: Combining variables without adding


From   Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Combining variables without adding
Date   Thu, 24 Nov 2011 09:57:20 +0000

I agree with Daniel that it sounds odd. But if there is only one
response, then that is also the mean. So, there is only one rule here,
to use the mean, and -egen-'s -rowmean()- function gets you there.

Nick

On Thu, Nov 24, 2011 at 12:14 AM, daniel klein
<klein.daniel.81@googlemail.com> wrote:
> "For some cases of more than one response I would like to use the
> mean, in others I would like to use the lowest response."
>
> This sounds a bit odd. What is your rationale for that, and how do you
> decide who is assignd the mean of her/his (still erroneous) answer and
> who is assigned the lowest (why not the highest) value?
>
> Note that a possible "solution" depends on your answers to these
> questions. For starters, you might want to look into -egen-'s -row*-
> routines.
>
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