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Re: st: Problem with wildcards


From   daniel klein <klein.daniel.81@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Problem with wildcards
Date   Tue, 5 Mar 2013 00:01:20 +0100

Here is my approach.

unab psych : psych1-psych42
loc psych : subinstr loc psych " " ", " ,all
g byte anypsych = inlist(1, `psych')

Best
Daniel

-- 
Hi,

I'm having a problem using wildcards. I'm using Stata 11.2 for Windows.

I have a list of variables: psych1 - psych42. I would like to create a
new variable called "anypsych" that takes the value of 0 if all the
variables psych1-psych42 are 0 or missing, and takes the value 1 if
any of psych1-psych42 are 1.

My code:

gen anypsych = 0
replace anypsych = 1 if psych* == 1

I get the error "psych* invalid name".

Can anyone tell me why it's an invalid name and how I can achieve this
objective? I also have a bunch of other variables that I need to do
the same thing for, so advice on how to approach this would be a huge
help.
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