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Re: st: how recode a positive value on a variable to a particular negative value


From   Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: how recode a positive value on a variable to a particular negative value
Date   Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:36:16 +0100

I believe you. The intent of -recode- is quite explicit: to recode
categorical variables. This replacement lies outside -recode-'s rules.

That aside, you just need (it seems)

replace year = -156 if year == 1990
replace year = -144 if year == 1991

How far this -year- variable is still telling you about years is your
own call (unless the example is just invented).

Nick

On Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 4:26 PM, Erik Aadland <erikaadland@hotmail.com> wrote:

> I am trying to recode positive values on a specific variable into particular negative values.
> e.g:
> recode year (1990 = -156) (1991= -144)
> and so on.
> However, recode does not allow a negative value it seems.
> Any input on this problem would be very appreciated.
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