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Re: st: egen rowmin but not value but variable name


From   Phil Clayton <philclayton@internode.on.net>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: egen rowmin but not value but variable name
Date   Mon, 13 Aug 2012 20:57:19 +1000

You may also need to consider what to do about ties.

Phil

On 13/08/2012, at 8:53 PM, Nick Cox wrote:

> Dopey example. Which is minimum of price-gear_ratio in auto data?
> 
> sysuse auto, clear
> 
> gen which_min = "price"
> gen min = price
> 
> qui foreach v of var mpg-gear_ratio {
>      replace which_min = "`v'" if `v' < min
> 	replace min = `v' if `v' < min
> }
> 
> Nick
> 
> On Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM, Trelle Sven <strelle@ctu.unibe.ch> wrote:
> 
>> it might sound trivial but I was not able to find something in the egen
>> or extended macro function help:
>> 
>> I want to create a new variable that contains the variable name that
>> holds the minimum value over several other variables per row i.e.
>> something like the "egen x= rowmin(y z w)" command but the created
>> variable should not contain the row minimum but the variable name that
>> contains this minimum.
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