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# Re: st: Converting count to dichotomous variable

 From Eric Booth To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: Converting count to dichotomous variable Date Fri, 9 Mar 2012 15:57:26 -0600

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One strategy is to take the max number of mortalities (via -egen-) across all obs. in each day (or each pond/day -- I'm not sure which you need) and then recode anything greater than zero as a "1" indicating that mortalities occurred (leaving it as zero otherwise).  Here a quick example:

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clear

*--fake data
set obs 7
g var3 = _n
expand 365
sort var3
g var2 = int(30+runiform()*100)
g var1 = int(runiform()*4)
su var*

**var4**
*--daily mortality
by var3:  g day = _n

*---1. for each pond/day
g var4_a = 1 if var1 != 0 //no mortalities each pond/day
replace var4_a = 0 if mi(var4_a)

*---2.  for each day only
bys day: egen var4_b = max(var2)
recode var4_b (1/max = 1) (0=0)

su var4*

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- Eric

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On Mar 9, 2012, at 3:30 PM, Aminu Shittu wrote:

> Dear Statalisters,
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> I have var1 in my data set which represents number of death in a fish pond and var2 representing the existing number. The daily mortality was recorded in 7 fish ponds (var3) for a period of 1 year (365x7 rows). I am interested in creating a dichotomous var4, to indicate whether a daily mortality had occurred or not, without taking number of counts into consideration. Is it possible to do this in Stata or Excel?
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> Aminu.
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