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Re: st: recoding question

From   Richard Goldstein <>
Subject   Re: st: recoding question
Date   Mon, 24 Dec 2012 11:18:48 -0500


I think what you want is the "label" option to the -encode- command;
just be sure to set up the label (using -label define-) before you use
the -encode- command


On 12/24/12 11:13 AM, Lachenbruch, Peter wrote:
> I have a string variable with codes 
> Markedly Improved
> Markedly Worse
> Moderately Improved
> Moderately Worse
> Slightly Improved
> Slightly Worse
> Unchanged
> I want to convert these to a numeric variable, but ordered in terms of improvement.  I was looking for a way to do this easily in one step, but didn't find a simple command like encode or recode.  I ended up using encode to get the variables numeric and then recoding them.  
> Is there a simple way to do this?   For seven categories it's no big deal, but if I had 20 categories and needed to do this repeatedly, it would be a pain.  
> Another option would be to prefix a numeral for the codes but that seems clumsy...
> Peter A. Lachenbruch,
> Professor (retired)
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