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Re: st: Need Help Recoding a variable -Dealing with string expression


From   Michael Stewart <michaelstewartresearch@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Need Help Recoding a variable -Dealing with string expression
Date   Wed, 20 Jun 2012 11:52:04 -0400

Thank you Nick and Daniel .

I am sorry that my post want clear enough.

Once I destring, with a force option, I get some missing values
corresponding to non numeric vaulues.

I wanted to recode the missing values in the new variable to number  3
if there is an alphabet(could be anything from a to z)  or a symbol (<
 or > ) in the corresponding observation for the original variable
like  "sometimes"  "< two" "<3" ">5 " "<0.5" ">four"  .

-- 
Thank you ,
Yours Sincerely,
Mike.


On Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM, Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com> wrote:
> The question is too general to answer fully but one pattern is just
>
> recode x <whatever> if y == "foo"
>
> In addition to exact equality of string values there are many other
> possibilities involving string functions.
>
> Nick
>
> On Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 2:49 PM, Michael Stewart
> <michaelstewartresearch@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> I need to recode a variable if another variable has a nonnumeric
>> string observation(could have any non-numeric expression)
>>
>> Eg:       recode x(......)  if y =TSTATA COMMAND  (any  non-numeric
>> string expression)
>>
>> Can you please help me with the command to take into consideraiton
>> "any non-numeric string expression "
>
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