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Subject   st: RE:
Date   Thu, 13 Feb 2003 17:52:33 -0500

Thomas Heckelei []
> I'm a stata beginner and have a recoding problem.
> Cross sectional units in my panel data set are currently 
> identified by 
> names (string variables). I want to make an integer variable 
> out of it such 
> that it has a new (ascending) value for each new unit. All 
> the standard 
> routines to "destring" and recode that I could find looking 
> at the help 
> file would require me to type all the names (>400) at least once.
> It might be important to know that the number of time 
> observations differ 
> between units (unbalanced).
> Is there any possibility to do this within state or do I 
> better go back to 
> excel or gauss for that?

Encode will do what you want.  Suppose your panel identifiers are in a
string variable called _myunits_, type

  encode myunits, gen(myid)

Patrick Joly

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