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st: Creating Dummys from a variable with 5 categories

From   Sharon Brody <>
To   "" <>
Subject   st: Creating Dummys from a variable with 5 categories
Date   Sun, 2 Dec 2012 08:27:28 +0000 (GMT)


I have a variable with 5 answers and need to make a dummy variable from it

The question asked - How are you charged for your waste:
1. Flat Fee
2. Weight or Volume
3. Frequency
4. Not Charged
5. Dont Know

If I want to create a dummy variable that uses Flat Fee as a reference point

1. How do I create a dummy (I have tried the basic way - gen XXXX =1 replace XXXX=0 if YYYY=>2) but I believe this is incorrect as it doesnt incorporate all the variables.

2. How do I get Stata 12 to use "Flat Fee" as the reference base point 

I am a beginner to statistics so please use simple terminology. Thank You


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