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Re: st: Winning and losing

From   Matt Dobra <>
Subject   Re: st: Winning and losing
Date   Thu, 20 Nov 2003 23:41:38 -0500


Not that elegant, and might be problematic should the data show a tie, but:

egen max=rmax(conpc, labpc, ldmpc, natpc, othpc)
foreach x in con lab ldm nat oth {
egen `x'win=diff(`x'pc max)
recode `x'win (1=0) (0=1)
drop max

Clive Nicholas wrote:


Yeah, I know, I know. I'm being greedy!! But this problem may tickle your
fancy. :-)

In my very same dataset, I'm looking to dummy-code (0/1) which party won
the ith seat in the jth election. Since this is Blighty, there can only be
one winner per district, but since that n=3452, that's an awful lot of
outcomes to code manually! There are five outcome categories: conwin;
labwin; ldmwin; natwin; and othwin.

Now here's the rub: since it's plurality-rule, I need to tell Stata to
code, say, conwin=1 and labwin-othwin=0 if, say, for district X: conpc=35;
labpc=31; ldmpc=16; natpc=17; othpc=1. I've tried several generates, such

-g conwin=0 if conpc > labpc & ldmpc & natpc & othpc-
-replace conwin=1 if conpc < labpc & ldmpc & natpc & othpc-,

but, although Stata did not return errors at *any* of my 'solutions', each
kept producing multiple, rather than unique, 1's for each case (or n).

Any ideas as to where I'm going wrong?

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