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# Re: st: Confirming whether a variable is binary or continuous

 From Nick Cox To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: Confirming whether a variable is binary or continuous Date Sat, 17 Mar 2012 07:46:20 +0000

```My wording was sloppy. That test is satisfied also by one distinct
value. For there to be precisely two distinct values, it is also
necessary for -var[1]- to differ from -var[_N]-.

Similarly the test -inlist(var, 0, 1)- is satisfied if -var- is always
0 or if -var- is always 1.

Nick

On Sat, Mar 17, 2012 at 7:05 AM, Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com> wrote:
> Variations on this are often used inside Stata commands
>
> sort var
> assert var == var[1] | var == var[_N]
>
> Here -var- must be one of two distinct values, but nothing specifies
> what they are precisely.
>
> Nick
>
> On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 11:39 PM, daniel klein
>> Nick,
>>
>> very smart solution, thanks. Seems it is often the simple solutions
>> that are so hard to find.
>>
>> The difference to the "-tabulate- solution" is that <var> is allowed
>> to be a constant here, which is perfectly alright for a binary
>> variable. It is for Bert to decide whether the indicators are allowed
>> to be constant or have to vary.
>>
>> Daniel
>>
>> --
>> You can also do this by e.g.
>>
>> assert inlist(var, 0. 1)
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