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


From   Erik Aadland <erikaadland@hotmail.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 15:39:53 +0000

Thank you so much, Nick.
The variable will not be used to measure years.
Kind regards,
Erik.

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