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RE: st: Randomly change a date in Stata

From   Tim Evans <>
To   "''" <>
Subject   RE: st: Randomly change a date in Stata
Date   Tue, 19 Jun 2012 12:37:19 +0100


Thanks for your reply. 

If I use the following, I don't actually manage to re-create the same date:

set seed 339487731
gen date7 = datediag + ceil(11 * runiform()) - 6
gen date8 = datediag + ceil(11 * runiform()) - 6

The dates are different - do you know why this may be?

Best wishes


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Nick Cox
Sent: 19 June 2012 11:18
Subject: Re: st: Randomly change a date in Stata

A random integer from a discrete uniform on the integers [-5,5] is

ceil(11 * runiform()) - 6

so you just add that, or equivalently subtract it. -set seed- first
for reproducibility.


On Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM, Tim Evans <> wrote:

> I have dates of birth which for the purpose of anonymity in a dataset, I wish to generate a new 'annoynmised date of birth' whereby for a list of dates, I randomly add or subtract up to 5 days and generate the new date. Does anyone have a suggestion as to how I might do this in Stata?
> I'm using Stata 11.2 and the dates are in date format (i.e. not strings).

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